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November 20, 2013

Two of the Heaviest Hitters in the Tech World Board the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance

By Nicole Spector, Contributing Writer

The Dynamic Spectrum (News - Alert) Alliance (DSA), the international group advocating for laws and regulations to help create more effective spectrum utilization, has added two of the Web's most important presences: Google (News - Alert) and Facebook.

The DSA promotes worldwide spectrum policy to clear spectrum "white spaces" for unlicensed devices. An instance of such white spaces are those literally appearing between TV channels.

DSA's very first annual meeting took place on Monday, November 18, in advance of the premiere of the ITU Telecom World 2013 conference in Bangkok. It was during that event that the organization, which consists of 32 members, announced its newest star players (which also included the communications chip vendor Texas Instruments (News - Alert)), and elaborated upon its incentives and missions. The group is looking to make unused spectrum available for dynamic access and will promote regulatory policies that will build a path for new wireless technologies that aim to solve current wireless data and digital divide challenges. 

The DSA was formed in June, forged by a list of companies from across the globe. Pete Henderson, chairman, Indigo Telecom explained the objective of the alliance upon its inception, stating, “Whether you look at how TV White Spaces are being put to use to serve underserved communities in Africa, or how the technology is creatively used in one of the biggest ports to lower costs, it is clear that it can have an immediate effect on people’s lives today. A large role for the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance will be educating regulators on consumer benefits that can be derived from enabling this technology.”

Among the companies that came together to form DSA include 6Harmonics, Adaptrum, BSkyB, Carlson, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research – South Africa, Computer and Communication Research Center - Taiwan, Indigo Telecom, InterDigital (News - Alert), Microsoft, MediaTek, Network Startup Resource Center (University of Oregon), Neul, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology – Japan (NICT), RealTek, Ruckus Wireless, Singapore Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), StarHub, Strathclyde Centre For White Space Communications, Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH), Taiwan Institute for Information Industry (News - Alert), UhuruOne, WaveTek and White Space Technologies Africa.

With the latest additions of Google and Facebook, it's safe to say that DSA is officially a force with which to be reckoned. 

Edited by Blaise McNamee

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