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In Florida, a Cell Phone Network With No Need For a Spectrum License 107

holy_calamity writes "Technology Review reports on a cell phone network in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, like no other. Instead of paying to reserve a section of wireless spectrum its owner, xG Technology, uses cognitive radios that steer signals through the unlicensed 900MHz band more normally used by cordless phones and baby monitors. The radios in both handset and base station scan for gaps left by other devices in that band and make dynamic connections that constantly hop frequencies to ensure a good link. The network is designed to show off the tech, which the company says could be used in conventional cellphones to access extra spectrum or white spaces devices."
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In Florida, a Cell Phone Network With No Need For a Spectrum License

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  • by drachenstern ( 160456 ) <> on Thursday October 21, 2010 @06:06PM (#33980402) Journal

    and does it use a lot of "femto-cell" style towers? It would seemingly have to. Meaning, how well would it work in a car?

  • by snowraver1 ( 1052510 ) on Thursday October 21, 2010 @06:30PM (#33980650)
    I would mod you Informative, and I have the points, but I'll be damned if I can find the apply moderation button to make it take effect.
    br>Also, why am I now being forced to preview? Maybe I like making errors.
  • by MightyMartian ( 840721 ) on Thursday October 21, 2010 @07:32PM (#33981266) Journal

    If the FCC was a local health and safety authority, the approval process would go something like this:

    FCC: We see, Mr. Cacapoopoo, that your sewer technology takes raw human waste and dumps into rivers and aquifers.

    Mr. Cacapoopoo: Yes, that's correct. My patented OneTube sewer device takes a large pipe from underneath each toilet and then promptly dumps into the nearest reservoir of drinking water.

    FCC: And you've tested to make sure that this doesn't cause people to get sick.

    Mr. Cacapoopoo: Oh my, yes. Our research shows that the human diet can be 1/3 fecal matter without any adverse health affects. I have a degree in Public Health and Theology from Patriot University, so you can believe me.

    FCC: Well, Mr. Cacapoopoo, I'm overawed by your colorful diploma and your clearly laid out plans. I see no reason that you can't begin installing the devices as soon as possible. Would you like a glass of water?

    Mr. Cacapoopoo: No, I only drink cream soda.

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