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We’ve become accustomed to walking into public buildings and accessing WiFi for free. We can imagine a future where we’ll be able to access wireless signals from a vehicle or while walking down the street. With this in mind, we asked U-M engineering professor Atul Prakash about the feasibility of this idea, and if the future of wireless technology includes a free public WiFi network across the entire United States.

The “White Space” proposal from the FCC is utilizing currently empty frequency bands and making them free and open to the public sector for public wireless signals. But logistical issues, including security and verification concerns, remain a concern in its implementation, says Prakash.

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Could we ever have free Public WiFi

4/25/2013

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MconneX - With the implementation of the FCC White Spaces, does the future of wireless technology includes a free public WiFi network across the entire United States?

MconneX - With the implementation of the FCC White Spaces, does the future of wireless technology includes a free public WiFi network across the entire United States?

 


About the Professor

Atul Prakash is a a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan College of Engineering. His research interests include security policy management, software infrastructure to support collaborative work, privacy in pervasive computing, intrusion detection, group security, operating system security,  scientific collaboratories and Mobile Cloud Computing.

Article topics: MconneX, Wireless Traffic


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