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New trials of White Space frequency-sharing technology will see BT wiring up the A14 road between Felixstowe and Cambridge, while Microsoft rolls out a Glasgow-wide Wi-Fi network – meaning these areas will be the first to find out whether White Space will work in Blighty. The trials will run later this year, ahead of next year's …

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It's not just TV

There are plenty of other licenced users of unused TV frequencies. At work we pay an annual fee to enable us to operate a couple of dozen radio microphones in these channels. Are our microphones in this database? How do we go about getting remedies for interference?

What happens when they sell off even more of the spectrum for mobile services, squishing the existing TV multiplexes into a smaller pool and leaving even less space for other paid-up users? Who wins?

M.

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Until the accidents happen there will be unlimited usage, then there will be legislation against it.

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Fantastic news!

This way, during the 15 minutes of waiting behind the two speed governed juggernauts to vainly overtake one another, you can check your mail :-)

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It will also be handy for

online payment of the compulsory toll on the stretch round Huntingdon. The old section of the A14 is to be demolished, so you'll have no choice.

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No it won't

As the network is only going as far as Cambridge.

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Re: It will also be handy for

Plenty of choice. St Ives->Earith->WIllingham->Rampton->Cottenham->Histon->Cambridge /sarcasm

Wouldn't fancy living in any of those places once the tolls kicks in...traffic is going to be dreadful. Tolling the A14 is an insane idea - there simply are no viable alternatives.

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Re: It will also be handy for

I wouldn't hold your breath for replacement of the Cambridge-Huntingdon section.

They spent so much money and time on the feasibility study that they can't actually afford a new road. Mind you, the bridge over the East Coast Main Line at Huntingdon station seems to be in danger of collapse, which may force things to move on a bit.

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Re: It will also be handy for

South Cambs is flat, your SUV has 4 wheel drive = where we are commuting we don't need no roads !

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It'll be fine, as the local roads they will be building to help the locals avoid the tolls, will also be ANPR covered so nicely fining anyone trying to rat-run. You will not be able to avoid it :)

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Oh Dear

Oh Dear.

A Solution that isn't needed that will break supposedly protected spectrum.

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Glasgow Trials

Is there anywhere where they actually list the dates of these trials as anything other than "in the next 6 months"? How will they know if the trial is successful if they don't tell us when it is happening? How will I know if my crap TV reception is caused by this trial, the usual problems or something else?

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Because what we really need

Is WiFi on roads....

Trains I can understand, lots of people doing nothing safety critical - plenty of time to fire up a tablet/laptop/phone and use some data.

On the A14 the vast majority of cars (certainly in rush hour a few years ago) are single occupant - i.e. everyone is driving, and should be taking responsibility for each other.

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If you're going to add more things to crash into on the A14, a conveyor belt carrying medical supplies would be favourite.

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No need for wireless

Because traffic spends so much time stationary on the A14, good old CAT5 would be just as effective.

Chris.

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Re: No need for wireless

Well with BT involved we can be sure the connection to the DB will not be via O2....

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Re: No need for wireless

A whole new meaning to static ip?

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