The Federal Communications Commission has voted to approve the use of “white space” – the broadcast frequencies opened up by switching analog TV signals to digital last summer – for wireless data and Internet services.
As we wrote earlier this week, the move was expected and will open up a number of avenues for “connected devices, or the Internet of Things, which are now coming online faster than new human subscribers to leading mobile phone networks.”
The nation’s two largest carriers added more connected devices last quarter than postpaid subscriptions, according to data released this morning by Chetan Sharma, a wireless analyst. Carriers added 2.6 million connected devices and 1.2 million contract customers. In his quarterly update, Sharma noted that wireless penetration in the U.S. reached 95 percent and surpassed 100 percent if one takes out children younger than five. While there are only 20 million connected devices out of 311.3 million subscriptions, the devices are where the growth is.
Surely the impending robot-driven biopocalypse must not be far behind.
I’m still trying to grasp how wireless penetration surpassed 100 percent…
I love it when the mainstream media gets whiff of closed-door meetings, creates a story out of their worst fears, then finds out the meeting was convened to discuss the exact opposite of the reported story. I love it, except when I believe the “Rumor News” and start to distrust Google.
Sorry Google; don’t be evil to me!
“Any outcome, any deal that doesn’t preserve the freedom and openness of the Internet for consumers and entrepreneurs will be unacceptable,” FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski told reporters earlier today.
Finally, the FCC is no longer 1) toothless and 2) crusading for the rights of corporations.