OET Announces 45-day Trial of Telcordia's TV Band Database System
Federal Communications Commission
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Released: December 2, 2011
Office of Engineering and Technology Announces the Opening of Public Testing for
Telcordia Technologies, Inc.’s TV Band Database System
ET Docket No. 04-186The Commission’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) announces that on December 7,
2011, it will commence a 45-day public trial of Telcordia Technologies, Inc.’s (Telcordia’s) TV band
database system. This is a limited trial that is intended to allow the public to access and test Telcordia’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 those
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 Telcordia.
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
operation (i.e., channels not occupied by authorized radio services) at their individual locations and must
operate only on those channels. Such a device is required to provide its 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 the device for 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 Telcordia database system’s channel availability calculator and finds that it is ready for trial
testing by the public.
Trial Access and DetailsParties may participate in the trial by accessing Telcordia’s TV band database test facility at:
https://prism.telcordia.com/tvws/home/trial. 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 Telcordia. 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
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 other issues with any aspect
of the database system to Telcordia through the response facility on the trial’s website. Telcordia will
respond, as appropriate, to such reports with an explanation and notification of any responsive actions it
may take, as appropriate. During the trial, Telcordia may apply any corrective measures it determines are
needed and will advise participants of such measures through the trial’s website.
As indicated above, the trial of the Telcordia database system is currently scheduled to last for 45
days and will therefore end on January 20, 2012. 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, Telcordia 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 Telcordia submits its report, we 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 the Commission’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. and 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 Telcordia 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
protection data will either be extracted by Telcordia 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, Telcordia is providing a registration capability for these facilities. These registration
capabilities are available through the database test facility at: https://prism.telcordia.com/tvws/home/trial .
The 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 for registration will
first be made available for public comment, and the Commission will subsequently review them for
approval. However, the Commission has not yet completed the development of its process for acceptance
and approval of registrations for these venues. In the interim and for purposes of this trial, Telcordia,
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 also available through
Telcordia’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 Telcordia 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 once the Commission’s process for that function is
activated. We encourage parties responsible for MVPD receive sites and licensed wireless microphone
operations to enter trial registrations and make use of these capabilities in their testing of Telcordia’s
database. OET will provide notice of, and time for, affected parties to enter active registrations into
Telcordia’s database during the process for final approval of the Telcordia database system for full
operation. We also note that once one or more additional database systems are approved and active, all
registrations entered with a given database will be communicated to the other database(s) so that
registrations will not need to be entered with multiple databases.
The TV band database systems are the subject of a docketed proceeding,
ET Docket No. 04-186,
and responses to the trial of Telcordia’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 Telcordia’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.
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By the Chief, Office of Engineering and Technology.
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