Tech industry groups and public interests groups hailed the new “white-space spectrum” as a way to expand upon the success of the open frequencies that allow anyone to set up a WiFi radio hotspot in their house or coffee shop, without needing to buy spectrum or get a license.

Great post from Ryan Singel breaking down the often-confusing issue of “white spaces.”

The short of it: For many, especially folks in rural area, the release of spectrum could mean super fast wireless Interent. But it’s not the end of 3G, 4G or broadband by any stretch.