Tying Up Loose Ends
Knight Rider's return marks both closure and a jumping-off pointSince I spent two columns bemoaning the absence of "Knight Rider" from the small screen, first in criticism of broadcast TVs use of free spectrum, and second while questioning the approach of content owners toward file sharing, I feel compelled to report that the exploits of everyones favorite man who does not exist are again available for viewing, weekdays at 5 p.m. on the SciFi channel. Now, while a public service announcement of this sort could arguably stand on its own, the return of "Knight Rider" marks a good place to update some related issues. First, in wondering what better uses we could find for our electromagnetic spectrum, I wrote about wireless broadband as one such use, and pointed out a piece of proposed legislation, the Jumpstart Broadband Act, that would direct the FCC to set aside spectrum (although not at televisions expense) for wireless broadband. I promised several readers that Id post a link to the legislation once one was available, and you now can go to http://thomas.loc.gov/ and search for S.159.IS to check it out.
In the meantime, the IEEE has formed a working group, labeled 802.16, to "develop standards and recommended practices to support the development and deployment of broadband Wireless Metropolitan Area Networks," and the Defense Department and a group of tech companies have come to terms on limiting wireless interference between military applications and WiFi.