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Analysis: Microsoft's push for white spaces amounts to "spectrum welfare"

Microsoft's proposal that it be allowed to use free "white spaces" spectrum in a bid to help bridge the digital divide in rural areas is not the selfless act the company is making it out to be, writes Preston Padden. He suggests that the move is part of a plan to obtain free spectrum to become a stronger player in internet of things technologies, and he writes that this "spectrum welfare" would add challenges to the post-auction repack and result in the loss of TV programming.

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