As noted in the Ars Technica blog posted last week, some of the FCC proposals under consideration include:
- Extending the current white space device service, which relies on databases telling you what spectrum is available for use at any given moment
- Continue to advance sensing technologies, allowing current license owners a way to lease their unused or underutilized spectrum to other parties
- Developing technologies to group non-contiguous spectrum usage, creating more available bandwidth
So what can the industry do to improve broadband connections? At Spectrum Bridge, we support the Commission’s ideas, believing equipment flexibility, improved spectrum management and a better understanding of usage can benefit the industry today, without major upheavals or rule changes. Our four White Space trial networks have successfully demonstrated the “database access model” works for managing shared access for unlicensed devices in the TV bands. And SpecEx has always been about creating a marketplace where holders and buyers of spectrum could come together and leverage the secondary spectrum market, enabling spectrum to flow more freely in response to economic demand. Read more about how we are continuing to improve software and services for next generation wireless networking.
And we encourage all to add comments to the FCC Notice of Inquiry, sharing your ideas and recommendations to improve the current processes; responses are due on February 28, 2011 and can be submitted here, proceeding number 10-237.
Peter Stanforth, Chief Technology Officer