Monday, August 08, 2011

FCC authorizes Microsoft as white space database administrator

The Federal Communications Commission has authorized Microsoft to serve as a white space database administrator, joining Google and eight other entities in overseeing the databases, where unlicensed mobile devices will be required to check in to make sure they are not interfering with television broadcasting. Broadcasting & Cable

 The FCC had already approved nine other entities, including Google Spectrum Bridge and Neustar, to oversee the databases, which unlicensed devices will have to check in with periodically to insure they are not using frequencies that will interfere with TV stations operating in the same frequency band. Why so many administrators? The FCC decided to let "marketplace" forces shape the development of the database service, which will ultimately be overseen by the FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology [OET]."

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