Google Opens White Space Database to Developers
Google this month took several steps to nudge forward White Space broadband, which utilizes the unused spectrum between TV channels to provide a new wireless broadband solution. First, the company announced
they had wrapped up their White Space broadband trial in Cape Town, which connected ten schools there with faster connectivity. White Space can technically offer broadband service at a greater range than traditional Wi-Fi.
Google this week also announced they've opened up their White Space database
to developers, and the API is now available here
. Google is one of several companies tasked with maintaining databases that unlicensed White Space devices can check with to ensure minimal interference with existing technologies.
"Adaptrum is the first device manufacturer to be certified to use our Spectrum Database, and is already using the tool in the field for a white space deployment, providing public Wi-Fi on the campus of West Virginia University (WVU)," notes Google. California ISP Cal.net was the first commercial ISP to deploy White Space technology back in June
, with most deployments since being largely niche in nature.
White Space broadband has had a long and difficult road. For years you'll recall that the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) viciously demonized the technology, amplifying (legitimate) interference concerns while bringing in people like Dolly Parton
to rail against the technology (despite not knowing anything about it). Incumbent wireless carriers, fearing added competition, have also done their best to thwart the technology's development.