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FCC Approves White Space Use
Washington - Sep 23, 2010 - The FCC voted 5-0 to permit the use of unlicensed wireless devices on white-space frequencies. White spaces are the spectrum not licensed for over-the-air television stations. This spectrum is regularly used for non-licensed auxiliary use, such as wireless mics and wireless IFB.
In its ruling, the FCC notes that this represents the first release of unlicensed spectrum in 25 years. Several companies including Google, Microsoft, Dell and HP have advocated for the use of the white-space frequencies. One of the most common proposals for this spectrum is to provide additional Wi-fi services.
The adoption of the FCC's second memorandum opinion and order resolves several previous legal and technical issues. They include:
One other important component in the regulations is that the order reserves two vacant UHF channels for wireless microphones and other low-power auxiliary service devices throughout the United States. It also specifies the separation distance between TV white-space devices and wireless microphone usage permitted to be registered in the database.
The issue of who will administer the frequency database has yet to be resolved. The final decision will be made by the FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology.
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