Google Trialling White Space Database with FCC
Google today revealed that it has begun public trials of its white space spectrum database in cooperation with the Federal Communications Commission. The trial, which will run for 45 days, is meant to help verify the accuracy of the database. According to Google the trial is for stakeholders (broadcasters, cable, wireless microphone users, licensed spectrum holders) and not consumers. They are encouraged to use the database to check for available white space spectrum in their area. White space spectrum is the thin slivers of unlicensed airwaves that reside between broadcast television channels. The FCC wants to be able to free this spectrum up for mobile broadband use by consumers. The process to identify white space spectrum and create devices that can accurately sniff it out and not interfere with the neighboring TV channel spectrum is a process that's been years in the making.
Google Adds a Handful of Features to Google+
Google today improved its Google+ community space with several new tools. First, Google+ now lets users hide "low-quality" comments.
FCC Commissioner Wants More Spectrum for WiFi
FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel today said the government needs to do a better job of allocating spectrum for unlicensed access, such as WiFi. Rosenworcel, speaking at the State of the Net Conference, emphasized the importance of WiFi and the role it plays in the economy.
FCC Says Incentive Auction Reaches End Point
The FCC today said the close of the fourth stage will mark the end of bidding in the auction for 600 MHz airwaves. The auction has been in progress since last May and worked its way through several stages.
FCC Chairman Talks Incentive Auction Plans
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has discussed the broad strokes for incentivizing television broadcasters to give up their 600MHz spectrum. The FCC will meet with broadcasters one at a time to explain in depth the benefits of participating.