updated 09:45 am EDT, Fri September 16, 2011
Clearinghouse to let old TV spectrum go to Wi-Fi
The Federal Communications Commission announced Wednesday that it well conduct a test of the database of broadcast frequencies that will be used for the wireless networking protocol known as White Space. White Space networking will allow companies to maintain extended range Wi-Fi networks covering as much as 100 square miles. The 45 day trial begins Monday Sept. 19. It will be open to the public.
The database for the test was designed by Spectrum Bridge, one of the nine companies the FCC chose to manage the system. The database is intended to identify bands of spectrum that are available to avoid conflict between services.
The trial will begin on Monday, Sept. 19 and run through Nov. 2. The public is invited to test the various aspects of the database and report any errors or other issues to Spectrum Bridge. [via The Hill]