FCC Approves White Spaces Database, Device

The FCC issued a Public Notice announcing that its Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) has approved Spectrum Bridge's TV white spaces database system, which may provide service to devices beginning Jan. 26. The OET has also approved a device by Koos Techn...

The FCC issued a Public Notice announcing that its Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) has approved Spectrum Bridge's TV white spaces database system, which may provide service to devices beginning Jan. 26. The OET has also approved a device by Koos Technical Services as the first product allowed to operate on an unlicensed basis on unused frequencies in the TV bands. The KTS device will operate in conjunction with the Spectrum Bridge TV band database.

Commission rules require that unlicensed TV band devices contact an authorized database system to obtain a list of channels that are available for their operation (i.e., channels not occupied by authorized radio services) at their individual locations and must operate only on those channels. The approval granted by OET allows Spectrum Bridge to commence operational service to new devices that can take advantage of the TV spectrum to provide service over greater ranges than those of WiFi devices operating on higher frequencies.

Initial operation under this approval will be limited to Wilmington, NC, and the surrounding area and will expand nationwide pending completion and activation of the Commission's facilities for processing requests for protection of unlicensed wireless microphones at event venues.
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