FCC Grants Extension of Waiver for Part 15 White Space Devices/Databases

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The FCC has issued an Order granting a waiver of the push notification requirements for fixed and Mode II personal/portable white space devices and white space databases through September 30, 2019. To prevent interference to protected services, including licensed wireless microphones, certain white space devices are required to check a database at least once a day to obtain a list of available channels at their operating location, which then must notify the user through push notifications. The August 6, 2015 Part 15 Report and Order required the push notification capability to be in place as early as June 23, 2016; however, with multiple petitions for reconsideration filed, the FCC issued waivers that were set to expire on March 31, 2019. As the petitions are still under active consideration, the FCC has now granted a further extension. Approved white space devices that satisfy the daily database re-check requirement may continue to be marketed and operated until further notice.

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