FCC Designates Database Adminstrators for TV White Spaces Devices


On January 27, 2011, the Commission released an Order conditionally designating 9 companies to be database administrators for white spaces devices. As we wrote in our article describing the FCC's recent decision on reconsideration of its White Spaces order, these administrators will be responsible for maintaining a database of all users of the TV spectrum who must be protected from interference from white spaces devices. Protected entities include TV stations, LPTV stations and TV translators, cable and satellite receive locations, certain wireless microphone users, and the paths between TV stations and translators. Each database must maintain all of this information, so that white spaces devices can determine what channels must be protected in areas in which they are operating.

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