Chairman Pai Proposes Updating TV White Space Rules

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) Chairman Ajit Pai has proposed to update the FCC’s TV white space rules to improve broadband coverage for rural Americans while ensuring that broadcast stations are protected. Specifically, Chairman Pai proposes to: (1) permit higher transmit power and higher antennas for fixed white space devices in rural areas; (2) permit higher power mobile operations within geo-fenced areas; and (3) revise the rules to facilitate the development of new and innovative narrowband Internet of Things-based services. The FCC will vote on the proposal at the Commission’s Open Meeting on February 28. The public will have an opportunity to comment on the notice of proposed rulemaking if it is adopted at the Open Meeting.

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