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FCC Announces Details on LEARN Workshop to Discuss Unlicensed Issues

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Released: October 30, 2013


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DA 13-2102
October 30, 2013



GN Docket No. 12-268

As part of its Learn Everything About Reverse-Auctions Now Program (LEARN), the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) previously announced that it would host a workshop on Friday,
November 8, 2013, to discuss unlicensed spectrum issues related to the broadcast television spectrum
incentive auction proceeding.1 The workshop, which will include two panels, will take place from
approximately 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Commission’s Headquarters in Washington, DC.
Panel 1 will address the benefits and uses of unlicensed spectrum, including:
 Types and performance of current and future white spaces databases, equipment and
deployments, and related economic benefits;
 Opportunities for small businesses, women- and minority-owned businesses, and rural areas
to benefit from deployment of unlicensed devices;
 Examples of the uses and beneficiaries of unlicensed technologies, including white spaces
 Integration, technological characteristics and use differences among white space devices and
other unlicensed devices;
 Trade-offs of deploying unlicensed devices in the TV bands versus other spectrum bands;
 International development of white spaces technologies; and
 Policy options to promote future unlicensed innovation
Panel 2 will address technical aspects of unlicensed operations in the 600 MHz band, including:
 Technical characteristics and potential uses of 600 MHz guard band spectrum for unlicensed
devices and how it compares to TV white spaces;
 Amount of spectrum necessary to enable unlicensed technologies in the repacked TV bands,
including implications of channel bonding, and impact of consistent, nationwide availability;
 Technical considerations related to coexistence of multiple services in the 600 MHz band;

1 Incentive Auction Task Force Reschedules Workshop to Discuss Unlicensed Spectrum Issues, Public
Notice, DA 13-2028 (October 18, 2013).

 Technical and operational considerations related to enabling wireless microphones to
successfully operate; and
 Implications of incumbent services in Channel 37 on design and deployment of wireless
broadband systems in the 600 MHz band
The tentative agenda is outlined below:

Tentative Agenda


Opening Remarks

Julius Knapp, Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology

Panel 1

Andrew Afflerbach, Garrett County, MD
Elizabeth Bowles, WISPA
Jim Carlson, Carlson Wireless
Harold Feld, Public Knowledge
Paul Garnett, Microsoft
Joanne Hovis, Gigabit Libraries
Nicol Turner-Lee, MMTC
Robert Rucker, United Negro College Fund and AirU
Peter Stanforth, Spectrum Bridge

Panel 2

Mike Bergman, Consumer Electronics Association
Mark Brunner, Shure Incorporated
Michael Calabrese, New America Foundation and PISC
Andrew Clegg, National Science Foundation
Thomas Dombrowsky, Wiley Rein LLP/CTIA
Mark Gibson, American Society for Healthcare Engineering
Alan Norman, Google
Robert Seidel, CBS
Haiyun Tang, Adaptrum
12:30 pm


Attendance. This forum is open to the public. All attendees are advised to arrive approximately 30
minutes prior to the start of the workshop to allow time to go through our security process. Attendees are
encouraged to pre-register by submitting their name and company affiliation via email to Cecilia Sulhoff
( in order to expedite the check-in process the day of the event. Please use
“LEARN Workshop” as the subject line in your email.
The forum will be webcast at
Accessibility Information. To request information in accessible formats (computer diskettes, large print,
audio recording, and Braille), send an e-mail to or call the FCC’s Consumer and
Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY). This document can also
be downloaded in Word and Portable Document Format (PDF) at:
For additional information contact: Paul Murray at 202-418-0688 or by email at or
Cecilia Sulhoff at 202-418-0587 or by email at
For more information about the broadcast television incentive auction, visit:

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