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FCC to Begin Cataloging White Space Spectrum

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Nov 30, 2009, 10:38 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

The Federal Communications Commission recently approved a plan that will allow the agency — in concert with a private-sector administrator — to catalog all the nation's available white space spectrum. White space spectrum is the unused spectrum that exists between television channels. The FCC will catalog what spectrum is free and available in each market and create a database storing this information. Television channels will have the opportunity to register their spectrum and location to let white space devices know that their frequencies aren't available. All white space spectrum devices will need to be equipped with geo-location equipment and will need to be able to access this database before they can use white space spectrum in any given area.

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iori276

Dec 1, 2009, 1:33 PM

uhh

I thought they were already doing this? Might be wrong but wasnt that a reason for going digital?
Well, the frequencies freed up by the switchover to digital were the 700mhz frequencies that Verizon and ATT bought in the auction. It doesn't seem as though ATT actually has any intention of using their 700mhz anytime soon though!
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