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Microsoft Launches Massive Wireless Hotspot

The "White-Fi" network on the company's Redmond, Wash. campus runs over white space spectrum left over from the conversion of TV signals from analog to digital.

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Microsoft workers both in buildings and aboard a shuttle bus are testing a wireless hotspot from a steady web link in the hope of tapping into a potentially lucrative new market spurred by vacant airwaves previously reserved for television. The Federal Communications Commission is voting on Sept. 23 to expand the unlicensed airwaves, paving the way for high-powered Wi-Fi networks that would do away with the need to find a wireless hotspot.