Microsoft is seeking the assistance of academics, governments and others interested in exploring how wireless spectrum is used in the real world. To that end, the company released all of the source code for the Microsoft Spectrum Observatory under an open-source software license.
LAS VEGAS--The broadcast industry has reached an "inflection point" where broadcast licensees, such as online video providers like Netflix, "can move from being the disrupted to the disruptor," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told NAB Show attendees at a keynote here. And he warned that the industry needs to pivot or risk being overtaken by companies that are taking advantage of the changing technology landscape.
The CTIA and two TV stations in Los Angeles finished a pilot to test whether stations can share the same broadcast spectrum and concluded that it is technically possible. The tests were designed to show other broadcast stations that channel sharing can be an alternative for stations that want to give up their spectrum as part of next year's FCC incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast spectrum.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler outlined his vision for how the commission will make the 3.5 GHz band open for wireless broadband use, hitting on the three-tier structure that has been at the center of debate around the band for months.
It has long been observed that politics makes strange bedfellows, and a recent FCC filing shows that trend continues. In this case, Google, AT&T and Verizon partnered to express their views to the FCC regarding commercial operations in the 3.5 GHz band, which is envisioned for use in small cell deployments.
The FCC, as had been expected, approved a CTIA plan to partner with two Los Angeles TV stations to conduct a pilot project with the aim of showing that the stations can share the same broadcast spectrum.
The CTIA is partnering with two Los Angeles TV stations to launch a pilot project to show that the stations can share the same broadcast spectrum. The pilot is part of effort to gin up support among broadcasters to participate in next year's planned incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum.
One of my biggest pet peeves is use of the term "Super Wi-Fi" to describe TV white space because TVWS does not entail use of standardized Wi-Fi technology or even the same spectrum as Wi-Fi. So, I just had to ask Paul Garnett, director of Microsoft's technology policy group, why the company favors that moniker.
Pan-European integration has political appeal--particularly to those in Brussels--but it is a pipedream and a distraction from the pressing need for rationalisation at the national level. Only full-blown acquisitions and mergers can ensure the owner commitment and extent of rationalisation required.
Three interim spectrum-sharing arrangements set up by the FCC and Industry Canada are aimed at enabling greater wireless broadband deployment, improving general aviation air-to-ground communications services and making more efficient use of spectrum for specialized mobile radio services.