In telecommunications, white spaces refer to frequencies allocated to a broadcasting service but not used locally. Google would like to use white spaces for a “Super WiFi,” and they think they are one step closer toward becoming reality.
In a recent blog post, Google announced that it is one of nine companies named as administrators for a white spaces database by the FCC this week.
They wrote on their blog “Before inventors can start to introduce new products and services on these airwaves, the FCC must certify the white spaces databases, which will ensure that different wireless signals don’t interfere with each other. In the coming weeks, the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology will work with the designated database administrators, including real-world testing to ensure that databases provide accurate results.”
Behind this is Google’s belief that there is a large potential change because this spectrum may be able to revolutionize wireless broadband. Moreover, they think it’s important for them to step forward and offer assistance to make that vision a reality, or as some would say, present at the creation. It will be to their specification if possible. In this case the white space is for Super Wi-Fi.
For years now, Google has been interested in using the spectrum between the frequencies used for television broadcasts as a way to deliver affordable high-speed wireless broadband. This is an interest reflected in other initiatives like the Google Fiber project. Their interest in this technology allowed the FCC to be one of the nine administrators for the Super WiFi connection.
TV broadcasters, in the past, have argued that using the vacant white spaces could create problems with their transmissions. But last September the Federal Communications Commission approved the use of the vacant airwaves for what it called “super Wi-Fi technologies.