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 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.
T-Mobile, US Cellular Named FCC Incentive Auction Winners
The FCC today marked the official end of the incentive auction for 600 MHz airwaves. The agency said 50 wireless companies bid a cumulative $19.8 billion on some 70 MHz of spectrum that was put on offer by 175 television stations.
FCC Sets 126 MHz Clearing Target for Reverse Auction
The FCC today announced it has set an initial spectrum clearing target of 126 MHz during the reverse part of the auction for 600 MHz airwaves. Television broadcasters have agreed to part with this spectrum.
FCC: Still Work to Do to Free Up More Spectrum
FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler underscored the need to find and free up more spectrum in a recent meeting with the Obama Administration. Wheeler met with Lawrence Strickling, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, to discuss the FCC's progress in finding 500 megahertz of spectrum for wireless broadband.