FCC to Consider Orders on TV White Spaces During January Meeting
Friday, January 07, 2022 | Comments

The FCC will consider two items to facilitate better use of TV white space spectrum during its January 27 commission meeting.

The items would resolve pending issues associated with white spaces devices and the white spaces databases, enabling unlicensed white space devices to continue operating efficiently while protecting other spectrum users, the FCC said.

A second order on reconsideration would revise the technical requirements for how the white space devices and white space databases work together to ensure that licensed wireless microphone operations continue to be protected from harmful interference in a timely fashion.

To do this it would replace the requirement for white spaces databases to push changes in channel availability information to white space devices when a licensed wireless microphone user registers to use a previously available channel with a requirement for devices operating on TV channels to check the database more frequently to protect licensed wireless microphones. The database would check once per hour rather than once per day.

The order on reconsideration would require white space devices to comply with the faster re-check requirements beginning six months after the order goes into effect.

A second order would deny a National Association of Broadcasters’ (NAB) petition for reconsideration of the Office of Engineering and Technology’s 2018 approval of Nominet UK, now RED Technologies, as a white space database administrator.

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