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Microsoft Testing White Space Wi-Fi Hot Spot

Microsoft is testing a new wireless hot spot that uses the airwaves previously reserved for television.

The new wireless hot spot at the Microsoft headquarters allows employees in buildings and shuttle buses travelling in the campus, to access a steady internet connection.

The news comes after the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced that it will vote to release the unused TV spectrum for auction.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, said in an interview: “We’re going to do something big here. This is very high-quality spectrum.”

Companies including Google, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola and Sprint Nextel are also said to be developing wireless video and data traffic services based on the unused TV space.

According to Bloomberg, the radio waves, which will be used by the companies to offer wireless internet, exist in the gaps that are found between television channels, known as white spaces.

Using radio waves offers better speeds, connectivity and the ability to travel through walls.