Open Up The TV White Spaces

My friend and former entrepreneur Tom Evslin’s been on a tear on his blog lately. Today, he wrote a great post asking everyone to do what they can to lobby the FCC to open up the "white spaces", the frequencies between broadcast TV stations. Tom explains why this is good for you, me, and the Internet industry:

It is, in fact, highly likely that a vast array of new services
including Internet access at a lower cost and higher speeds than we’ve
so far seen in the US (or the world) will appear if this spectrum is
opened for unlicensed use (eg. not auctioned off for proprietary
networks). Think of the huge innovation that’s occurred in WiFi and
Bluetooth which operate in unlicensed spectrum even though these
technologies share just scraps of undesirable spectrum with microwave
ovens and cordless phones.

There is an online petition at
whose wording you can use or change in order to make your views known
to the FCC. If you would prefer, you can also comment directly on the
FCC docket by going to and typing the docket number 04-186 in the first box.

Please comment right away. THE DEADLINE is TUESDAY, October 28th.