Federal Communications Commission
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Released: February 27, 2013
Office of Engineering and Technology Announces the Opening of Public Testing for
Google Inc.’s TV Band Database System
ET Docket No. 04-186
The Commission’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) announces that on March, 4
2013, it will commence a 45-day public trial of Google Inc.’s TV band database system. This is a limited
trial that is intended to allow the public to access and test Google’s database system to ensure that it
correctly identifies channels that are available for unlicensed radio transmitting devices that operate in the
TV band (unlicensed TV band devices), properly registers radio transmitting facilities entitled to
protection, and provides protection to authorized services and registered facilities as specified in the rules.
We encourage all interested parties to test the database and provide appropriate feedback to Google.
The Commission’s Part 15 rules (47 C.F.R. § 15.701 et seq
.) require that unlicensed TV band
devices contact an authorized database system to obtain a list of channels that are available for their
channels not occupied by authorized radio services) at their individual locations and must
operate only on those channels. Such devices are required to provide their geographic location, by means
of a secure Internet connection, to a TV band database system authorized by the Commission. The
database will then return a list of the channels available for operation by a device at its reported location.
As part of its authorization process for TV band database systems, the Commission stated that
each database will be subject to a public trial period of not less than 45 days to ensure that the database is
providing accurate results before it is allowed to be made available for regular public use. OET has
examined the Google database system’s channel availability calculator and registration facilities and finds
that these capabilities are ready for trial testing by the public.
Trial Access and Details
Parties may participate in the trial by accessing Google’s TV band database test facility at:
. This website provides a description of the trial,
instructions for participation, details on use of the database system, access to the database’s various
capabilities, and a link for providing comments and other feedback to Google. The test facility will not be
active before the date the trial is scheduled to commence.
During this trial, participants are encouraged to test:
the channel availability calculator;
the MVPD receive site (cable headend and satellite receive site) registration utility
the broadcast auxiliary temporary receive site registration utility
the fixed TVWS device registration utility; and
the wireless microphone registration utility
The trial is intended to ensure that each of these elements of the database system is working properly and
providing the interference protection required under our rules.
In addition, participants are encouraged to report any inaccuracies or provide comments on other
issues with any aspect of the database system to Google through the response facility on the trial’s
website. Google will respond, as appropriate, to such reports and comments with an explanation and
notification of any responsive actions it may take, as appropriate. During the trial, Google may apply any
corrective measures it determines are needed and will advise participants of such measures through the
As indicated above, the trial of the Google database system is currently scheduled to last for 45
days and will therefore end on April 17, 2013. However, if the results of the trial indicate that additional
testing is necessary, OET may extend the trial period.
After the close of the trial, Google will provide a summary report to OET that identifies: 1)
problems reported and their disposition; and 2) descriptions of changes made to the channel availability
calculator or registration systems. Once Google submits its report, OET will provide a short period of
time for interested parties to submit comments on the report. Note that the successful performance of the
database system through this trial is only one element in OET’s evaluation of a system for approval to
operate. Other requirements for TV band database systems are set forth in 47 C.F.R. 15.701 et seq
OET’s January 26, 2011 Order
on TV band database administrators (see Order
in ET Docket No. 04-186,
DA 11-131). OET would grant final approval for Google to operate its database system with certified TV
band devices once it determines that the system complies with all of the applicable rules and
requirements. The public will be informed of such decision through a Public Notice.
The FCC rules require that TV band database systems protect the following radio services: 1)
broadcast television stations (including full power, TV translator, low power TV, and Class A stations);
2) fixed broadcast auxiliary service (BAS) links (regular licensed and temporary); 3) receive sites (and
received channels) of TV translator, low power TV, and Class A TV stations and multichannel video
programming distributors (MVPDs); 4) private land mobile radio service and commercial mobile radio
service operations; 5) offshore radio telephone service operations; 6) radio astronomy operations at
specific sites; and 7) low power auxiliary service operations (principally licensed and certain approved
unlicensed wireless microphone venue sites). Except for MVPD receive sites, sites where licensed
wireless microphones are used, and approved unlicensed wireless microphone venues, the necessary data
and information for protection of the above facilities will either be extracted by Google from the
Commission’s databases or are specified in the rules. Operators of facilities for which information is
contained in the Commission’s records or provided in the rules do not need to take any action to obtain
protection from TV band devices.
Operators of MVPD receive sites, wireless microphones users, and operators of temporary BAS
links must specifically register their sites to receive protection from TV band devices. As required under
the rules, Google is providing a registration capability for these facilities. These registration capabilities
are available through the database test facility at: https://www.google.org/spectrum/whitespace/
rules also provide that responsible parties may request that the Commission approve registrations for
protection of venues where unlicensed wireless microphones are used (such requests may be made
through the Commission’s Universal Licensing System (ULS) at http://www.fcc.gov/uls/login
requests for registration will first be made available for public comment, and the Commission will
subsequently review them for approval. For purposes of this trial, Google, with OET’s approval, has
implemented a test registration capability for registration of venues where unlicensed wireless
microphones are used; this test registration capability is available through Google’s database test facility.
Registrations for MVPD receive sites, sites where licensed wireless microphones are used, venues
where large numbers of wireless microphones are used, and temporary BAS links that are made during
the trial period will be deleted by Google after the trial. Parties will be able to register their MVPD
receive sites, sites where licensed wireless microphones are used, and temporary BAS links in the
database once general operation of the database for use by TV band devices is approved and
implemented. Parties responsible for venues where unlicensed wireless microphones are used will need
to request registration approval by the Commission. We encourage parties responsible for MVPD receive
sites, licensed wireless microphone operations, venues where large numbers of unlicensed wireless
microphones are used, and temporary BAS links to enter trial registrations and make use of these
capabilities in their testing of Google’s database. We also note that all registrations entered with a given
database will be communicated to the other TV band databases that have been approved for operation, so
that registrations will not need to be entered with multiple databases (registrations entered during the trial
will not be communicated to the other databases).1 Thus, registrations entered into the Google database
after the trial will be communicated to, and included in, the other databases.
The TV band database systems are the subject of a docketed proceeding,
ET Docket No. 04-186
and responses to the trial of Google’s database system conducted pursuant to this public notice may be
filed with the Commission at any time using the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) as
described below. The FCC has implemented a simplified interface for ECFS to facilitate consumer
comment. Documents filed on ECFS may be accessed and reviewed on that system, which contains
copies of written submissions and summaries of oral submissions regarding the white spaces proceeding.
Pursuant to sections 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission’s rules, 47 CFR §§ 1.415, 1.419,
interested parties may file comments and reply comments on the trial of Google’s database system at any
time during and after the trial period. Comments may be filed using the Commission’s Electronic
Comment Filing System (ECFS). See Electronic Filing of Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings
, 63 FR
Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the
Paper Filers: Parties that choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each filing.
If more than one docket or rulemaking number appears in the caption of this proceeding, filers
must submit two additional copies for each additional docket or rulemaking number.
Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-
class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail. All filings must be addressed to the Commission’s
Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.
1 Thus far, OET has approved the TV band databases of Spectrum Bridge, Inc. and Telcordia
Technologies, Inc. for operation to provide service to devices.
All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission’s Secretary
must be delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th St., SW, Room TW-A325,
Washington, DC 20554. The filing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All hand deliveries
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By the Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology.