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: 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 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.
AIRWAVES Act Would Have FCC Auction Off 5G Spectrum
A new bipartisan act proposed by Congressman Leonard Lance of New Jersey and Congressman Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania aims to ensure the licensed and unlicensed spectrum needed for 5G is available. The Advancing Innovation and Reinvigorating Widespread Access to Viable Electromagnetic Spectrum, or AIRWAVES Act, explicitly suggests the government free up high-band spectrum via auction in order to lay the groundwork for 5G.
Regulation of airwaves
This white space--
Wait. I think I saw this movie.
Oh,no!!! They will unleash them!!!