While we Americans are probably taking for granted the legal status of ultrawideband technology while we grumble over the RIAA, MPAA, and host of other pesky agencies, the folks in Europe still haven't had a taste of UWB in their own homeland. That tidbit is getting set to change, however, as a recent meeting of the Radio Spectrum Committee reversed the decision to keep the technology illegal in the UK. Ofcom's chief technologist, Professor William Webb, was "delighted" at the approval, and he expects the decision to accept UWB across all European states will be made "within the next six months." But don't think the RSC is going to let those waves run loose, as Ofcom noted that the UK would impose "even tighter restrictions" than ones currently in place elsewhere to ensure no complications or interference during the rollout. Although the formal decision hasn't exactly been announced, all signs are pointing to a green light in the near future, and we suspect companies in the UWB game are already gearing up that 220-volt gear in anticipation.

[Via Slashdot]