Goodbye UHF, Hello YouTube

by Gabe Bullard on March 21, 2008

This week we reported on the digital television switchover that will happen next February. Also in the news, you may have heard about (communications giant) Verizon buying the most prized piece of the wireless spectrum (the C-block) in an auction. Read all about it here.

What you may not have heard is what will happen to all those frequencies.
The spectrum that was up for auction is the range of frequencies that will be abandoned when all TV signals go digital. Specifically, the the higher channel frequencies. Verizon bought a chunk of these called the C-Block, which they will likely use for wireless broadband transmission. So while you may have been watching your favorite show on channel 58 last night, one year from now those same wavelengths may be blasting web data to someone’s phone.

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