Google, Microsoft, and many other tech companies have pleaded for the FCC to allow the use of white spaces–the empty space that lies between TV channels–to no avail. Until now, that is.
Finally, the FCC has made up its mind, and has detailed specific requirements–standards, if you will–that wireless devices will have to meet in order to use the empty airwaves called white spaces for broadband service.
Kevin Martin was quoted as saying:
“I’m hoping to take advantage of utilizing these airwaves for broadband services to allow for unlicensed technologies and new innovations in that space.
This spectrum is very conducive to broadband service….the white spaces can be used as long as it does not interfere with broadcasters.”
So what exactly are the requirements? Well, first of all, “sensing technologies as well as a geo-location database” are a must. These are necessary for the devices to know if nearby broadcasts are in danger of being interfered. Another requirement is that the devices should be “restricted to lower power levels on airwaves adjacent to broadcasters.”
Broadcasters and wireless microphone makers are opposed to the idea of letting mobile devices access the so-called white spaces, fearing that these would “disrupt their broadcasts and the signals used in sports events and concerts,” but since any future devices capable of accessing the white spaces will need to be approved by the FCC in the first place anyway, things should run smoothly once everything is set up.
Via Washington Post
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