A vision to turn the unused white space of wireless airwaves into a "Super WiFi" is one step closer toward becoming reality.
In a blog post today, Google said it is one of nine companies that the FCC this week named as administrators for a white spaces database. From the Google post:
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.
Last year, Google - which has pushed to be a key player in the discussions - submitted a proposal to build and operate a database. At the time, the company said it wants to be involved because "we continue to be big believers in the potential for this spectrum to revolutionize wireless broadband, and we think it's important for us to step forward and offer our assistance to make that vision a reality."