The Possibilities of White Space "Identifying Information"

Peter Ecclesine, Wireless Technology Analyst, Cisco

Date: Wednesday, March 4

Time: 9:45 - 10:00 AM

Location: Salon E

Overview: US TV white space rules describe identifying information that must be sent daily to a TV bands database administrator. Several geo-location databases (e.g., Google Earth, Microsoft Virtual Earth) will become TV bands database administrators by adding regulatory information.

Modern radios are software-controlled, and the FCC now mandates that TV band unlicensed master radios make Internet contact daily to find out available channels at their location. It is likely that each TV band database will come with its own terms and conditions of use (e.g., Google Earth T&C), allowing associating the geo-location of a radio with the IP address and the contact information for the person responsible for the device with any other services offered by the database administrator.

There will be competitive differentiation between the several database administrators, with some features offered to users, some to information harvesters and some to regulators, both in current TV white space allocation and other proposed shared bands.

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