TQ Teleconnection- August 2017
Legislators Urge FCC to Open Up TV Airwaves for Telemedicine
Congress and telemedicine advocates are jumping on the bandwagon to open up so-called TV white space for telehealth and other uses.
A bipartisan group of 43 members of Congress is urging the Federal Communications Commission to designate unused TV airwaves for the broadcasting of high-speed Internet to underserved parts of the country.
The lobbying effort follows an announcement last month by Microsoft that it would use TV white space - unused UHV television band spectrum below the 700 MHz frequency range that enables wireless signals to travel over hills and through buildings and trees - to bring Internet to millions of rural Americans and foster development of telehealth and other programs.
mHealth Intelligence (8/1/17)