Google has secured an approval from Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to operate a TV white space database. This would allow the tech giant to use unlicensed TV broadcast spectrum for wireless broadband.
The approval was granted on Friday, making Google the latest entry in the “white space.” Google is probably the third company which has completed FCC’s 45-day testing phase of the “white space.” Before Google, Spectrum Bridge and Telcordia completed the test runs. And many more, including Microsoft, are working on similar databases.
The initiative to use unlicensed TV spectrum was approved by FCC in 2010. The initiative included establishing databases to track unused TV spectrum and utilizing the databases to operate wireless broadband services in those frequencies without interfering the licensed TV broadcasters. The information regarding unlicensed TV spectrum is supplied by FCC.
Thanks to: CNET