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FCC Opens Google White-Space Database For Public Trial

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    TVTechnology: FCC Opens Google White-Space Database for Public Trial (click for full article)

    DEBORAH D. MCADAMS /
    02.27.2013 06:27PM

    FCC Opens Google White-Space Database for Public Trial
    45-day period begins March 4

    WASHINGTON - "The Federal Communications Commission's Office of Engineering and Technology announced that on March, 4 2013, it will commence a 45-day public trial of Google's TV-band database system. The trial is a public test run of the system to be used by unlicensed devices to identify unoccupied TV channels in the television broadcast frequency band. All those affected are encouraged to weigh in on the trial.


    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. Such devices are required to provide their 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 a device at its reported location."


    Part of the authorization process is the 45-day trial. Telcordia of Piscataway, N.J., and Spectrum Bridge of Lake Mary, Fla., have both completed the trial phase and launched their white-space databases along the Eastern Seaboard in January.


    "OET has examined the Google database system's channel availability calculator and registration facilities and finds that these capabilities are ready for trial testing by the public," the commission's Public Notice said.


    Parties may participate in the trial by accessing Google's TV band database test facility at: https://www.google.org/spectrum/whitespace/. The website will provide 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 Google. The test facility will not be active before March 4."
     
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    Google’s white spaces database goes live in test next week | Ars Technica (click for full article)

    Will Google build a white spaces network of its own? No one knows for sure.
    by Jon Brodkin - Feb 28 2013, 12:23pm EST

    "Two years ago, Google was one of ten entities selected by the Federal Communications Commission to operate a white spaces database. Google's database is finally just about ready to go: on Monday, the company will begin a 45-day trial allowing the database to be tested by the public.


    White spaces technology allows unused TV spectrum to be repurposed for wireless Internet networks. The companies Spectrum Bridge and Telcordia have already completed their tests and have started operating. Google is the third to reach this stage. The databases are necessary to ensure that wireless Internet networks use only empty spectrum and thus don't interfere with TV broadcasts.


    "This is a limited trial that is intended to allow the public to access and test Google'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 radio transmitting facilities entitled to protection, and provides protection to authorized services and registered facilities as specified in the rules," the FCC said yesterday. "We encourage all interested parties to test the database and provide appropriate feedback to Google."


    If nothing goes wrong, Google's database could be open for business a few months after the test closes.


    The test doesn't necessarily signal that Google itself is on the cusp of creating wireless networks using white spaces spectrum, although it could. Google has already become an Internet service provider with Google Fiber in Kansas City and has offered free public Wi-Fi in a small part of New York City and Mountain View."
     
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    Google Launches TV White Spaces Trial In South Africa | TechCrunch (click for full article)

    by Frederic Lardinois - March 25, 2013

    "Google's first trial to use the unused channels in the broadcast TV spectrum to provide wireless broadband access launched in 2010 in Logan, Ohio. Since then, Google has shown a lot of interest in this topic and today it is launching its second trial. This time it is in Cape Town, South Africa, where Google partnered with a number of local organizations to connect 10 schools to the new wireless broadband network.

    The idea behind the trial, Google says, is "to show that broadband can be offered over white spaces without interfering with licensed spectrum holders."
     
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