More White-spaces Spectrum to be Opened up
September 14, 2010 5 Comments
According to the New York Times, sometimes within the next thirty to sixty days, the FCC could approve rules to open up white-spaces spectrum for commercial use.
Freeing up the spectrum means more wireless companies like Spectrum Bridge which has been using white-spaces spectrum to provide broadband services to the rural area, could pop out to take advantage of the opportunity.
Details of device requirements for the white-spaces spectrum have yet to be announced, but could be spelled out at the commission’s Sept. 23 open meeting.
Like most spectrum issues, white-spaces spectrum, which became available with the transition to digital TV, has been rife with controversy, pitting TV broadcasters and wireless microphone users afraid of interference against high-tech companies like Google, Microsoft, and Dell.
Wireless carriers were in favor of auctioning white spaces spectrum as licensed frequencies. The FCC decision allowed unlicensed devices embedded with spectrum-sensing, geolocation and database-access capabilities in TV white spaces. The database includes information on TV stations, cable TV facilities and wireless microphone venues so as to avoid degradation to their services. Spectrum-sensing-only devices will be subject to tougher regulatory and technical scrutiny before they can be marketed commercially.