FCC to begin white-space database testing

The FCC said it will start testing Spectrum Bridge's new white-space database system for 45 days to ensure it correctly identifies the white-space bands that can be used at any given time.

Since white-space is located in the unused slivers of broadcast TV spectrum, databases are required to enable devices to dynamically locate vacant spectrum. Using geolocation, the databases should detect interference with TV broadcasts and other signals and allow white-space devices to jump to free spectrum. The FCC has approved 10 different database providers.

The trial will begin on Sept. 19 and end Nov. 2. Public participants are encouraged to test the various aspects of the database and report any inaccuracies, errors or other issues to Spectrum Bridge.

The FCC voted 5-0 last September to approve rules for white-space devices--officially kick starting the market. One of the most notable companies in the database list is Spectrum Bridge, which has been building out white-space networks using experimental spectrum from the FCC.

For more:
- see this article from The Hill

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