iPhones in search of 'white spaces'



It's also a way for Spectrum Bridge to show it's capabilities in database management. The company has told the FCC it wants to be in charge of the national database that governs the "white spaces" throughout the country. Google, NeuStar and Comsearch are a few of the other companies who also want to run the database.

White spaces are considered to be part of the solution in expanding wireless broadband access in rural and other hard-to-reach areas, especially in light of the anticipated spectrum shortage.

Spectrum Bridge says white space devices may hit the market as soon as this year, but that may be wishful thinking. The FCC has to come up with with official standards, and the agency's engineers have to approve any devices the electronics industry creates.