By Jeff Horwich // Posted: 06/30/10 01:58 PM
So far, this week’s been a big bonanza for Tesla Motors. The electric car company raised $226 million with its IPO Monday, and the share price has been rising ever since. Then there’s the P.R. boost from the accompanying press frenzy, celebrating a tiny company most non-auto-non-tech junkies had probably never heard of. Telsa’s been working long and hard — often on fumes, you might say — to make a real product that advances the industry. Good on ‘em.
But let’s face it: Tesla cars are expensive, tiny, impractical roadsters with a ridiculous waiting list. I was more into this fun blow-by-blow comparison from CNET of two much more practical electric-car options on the way for the typical buyer: Chevy Volt vs. Nissan Leaf, ranked next to each other on looks, range, wireless connectivity, and price.
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There’s a vote coming up this week in Washington that will have a big impact on how you use the internet, what’s available to you, how much faster you’ll be able to get things online. On Thursday, the FCC is expected to open up unused parts of the broadcast spectrum, a lot of people call it “white space”. This is space that was positioned to be something of a buffer between television stations but such padding is proving less essential since the conversion to digital TV.
On today’s show, we talk to Glenn Fleishman from Wi-Fi Networking News and The Economist about how the spectrum works and what kind of new space we’re talking about. We also check in with Tim Wu from Columbia Law School about the companies that will look to use the space and what it all might mean for you and me as internet consumers.
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