FCC Approves First White Space Device and Database
The Federal Communications Commission today approved the first device to make use of white space spectrum, and the first database that catalogs where that spectrum is. White space spectrum is the slices of airwaves that reside between television channels. The FCC wants to harvest that spectrum for mobile broadband use. The FCC has greenlighted Spectrum Bridge's white space database, which may begin operations starting January 26, 2012. The Office of Engineering and Technology has also approved a device made by Koos Technical Services that can make use of Spectrum Bridge's database and access white space spectrum for mobile broadband use. In order for unlicensed devices to access white space spectrum, they need to know what spectrum is available in any given market, hence the need for the database. The first market where this new system will work is Wilmington, N.C. It will eventually expand nationwide.
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 Sets Draft Rules for 600MHz Incentive Auction
The Federal Communications Commission today adopted draft rules that will eventually govern the Broadcast Television Incentive Auction. The auction, planned for mid-2015, will offer television broadcasters the opportunity to sell their airwaves back to the federal government, which will then be auctioned off to wireless network operators for mobile broadband.
FCC Eyes 3.5GHz Band for Various Uses
The Federal Communications Commission today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that could result in yet more spectrum put to use for mobile broadband and other purposes. The FCC is looking at a slice of airwaves between 3550MHz and 3650MHz, and hopes to extend that to 3700MHz to forge a 150MHz block.
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.
FCC Spells Out Spectrum Screen Policies
The Federal Communications Commission today adopted a Report and Order with respect to spectrum screens and how'll they'll be used in upcoming spectrum auctions and other spectrum transactions. Moving forward the FCC will stick to its one-third rule, meaning the FCC will analyze on a case-by-case basis transactions that might result in a wireless provider owning more than one-third of the available spectrum licenses in a given market.
Regulation of airwaves
This white space--
Wait. I think I saw this movie.
Oh,no!!! They will unleash them!!!