The FCC today proposed modifications to its Part 15 rules that allow unlicensed spectrum use in white spaces between TV stations. The changes to the rule would help facilitate the use of television bands, 600 MHz guard bands and channel 37.
“Following the incentive auction, with the repacking of the television band and the repurposing of current television spectrum for wireless services, there will be fewer frequencies in the UHF band available for use by unlicensed fixed and personal/portable white space devices and wireless microphones,” the FCC said in a press release.
The band plan adopted for the upcoming 600 MHz incentive auctions, scheduled for 2015, built in opportunities for white space use in the guard bands and channel 37.
The FCC hopes the revised rules will promote more efficient use of TV white space while protecting incumbents from interference.
Commissioner Ajit Pai concurred in part but voiced concern over the power levels permitted for use in the guard bands potentially causing interference, devaluing spectrum, and hurting auction revenues, according to Broadcast & Cable.
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