The ITFS opportunity
So I was just talking with Bob Belle-Isle of VPT Vermont Public Television about a hunk of spectrum that is ripe with opportunity. It's called ITFS, for Instructional Television Fixed Service. It was created 43 years ago by the FCC for educational purposes. Nonprofits with educational credentials, such as school systems and public television organizations, are in good position to be first movers in utilizing the twenty ITFS frequencies (which begin just above wi-fi, at 2.5GHz) for modern wireless purposes, and not just the one-way transmission that was imagined back in 1963.
Move first for what? Well, you name it. The requirement for educational use has been reduced over the years, but is still there. The carriers, which covet the spectrum, want it to go away completely, of course. In any case, much more is explained here by ITFS.org. I would like to see more techies thinking out loud about the possibilities of ITFS.
Pointage and new ideas are both welcome.