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Chairman Announces Approval of White Spaces Database Spectrum Bridge

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Released: December 22, 2011

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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action.
See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).



December 22, 2011
Neil Grace, (202) 418-0506



FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology Issues Public Notice to Start Operation of

Spectrum Bridge’s TV White Spaces Database System and Authorization of a TV White Spaces Device

Washington, D.C. – Washington, D.C. – Today, the Federal Communications Commission issued a Public
Notice announcing that the Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) has approved Spectrum Bridge
Inc.’s television white spaces database system, which may provide service to devices beginning January 26,
2012. OET has also approved a device by Koos Technical Services, Inc. (KTS) as the first product allowed to
operate on an unlicensed basis on unused frequencies in the TV bands. The KTS device will operate in
conjunction with the Spectrum Bridge TV band database.
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said, “With today’s approval of the first TV white spaces database and
device, we are taking an important step towards enabling a new wave of wireless innovation. Unleashing
white spaces spectrum has the potential to exceed even the many billions of dollars in economic benefit from
Wi-Fi, the last significant release of unlicensed spectrum, and drive private investment and job creation.”
Unused spectrum between TV stations – known as “white spaces” - represents a valuable opportunity for
provision of broadband data services in our changing wireless landscape. This unused TV spectrum provides
a major new platform for innovation and delivery of service, with potential for both research and commercial
applications. Development of unlicensed radio transmitting devices has already led to a wave of new
consumer technologies, including Wi-Fi and other innovations like digital cordless phones and in-home
video distribution systems that have generated billions of dollars of economic growth. This new technology
will build on that track record and provide even more benefits to the U.S. economy.
Commission rules require that unlicensed TV band devices contact an authorized database system to obtain a
list of channels that are available for their operation (i.e., channels not occupied by authorized radio services)
at their individual locations and must operate only on those channels.
The approval granted by OET allows Spectrum Bridge to commence operational service to new devices that
can take advantage of the TV spectrum to provide service over greater ranges than those of Wi-Fi devices
operating on higher frequencies.
Initial operation under this approval will be limited to Wilmington, NC and the surrounding area and will
expand nationwide pending completion and activation of the Commission’s facilities for processing requests
for protection of unlicensed wireless microphone at event venues. Parties in the Wilmington area that wish
to register wireless microphones for event venues during this period of limited operation must send a request
to OET by e-mail in accordance with the instructions provided in the Public Notice.

The new KTS TV bands device is designed and approved for fixed operations that serve any broadband data
applications. The device will contact the Spectrum Bridge database to identify channels that are available for
operation at its location and can provide high-speed Internet connectivity.
Read the Public Notice here:


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