Remember white space? Given its tortured history, no one would blame you from exorcising it from your mind. But now thanks to Google and Spectrum Bridge, there’s reason to be optimistic. Suffice it to say, early trials in Northern California’s Plumas-Sierra county are encouraging. For more about their white space networking technology, and its potential impact on the smart grid market, be sure to check out Katie Fehrenbacher’s latest Long View (subscription required).