This new spec would allow wireless in the UHF and VHF (previously only for open air tv signals) bands. From the article:
Because the UHF and VHF signals travel farther and more clearly than other WiFi signals the distance at which they can make fast connections is vastly greater than any of IEEE's other WLAN flavors most cell networks and even the much-anticipated but so far disappointing WiMax.
IEEE pitches the protocol as a way to reach remote or rural areas that have little access to broadband or the Internet at all except through dial-up.
How fast are we talking? 22Mbit/sec. Not bad for a signal that can go up to 62 miles. And the name of the new standard? 802.22. Now maybe the cellphone companies will have some competition and they'll stop raping us for our 500 MB/month caps.
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