Modest Changes Will Help TVWS Ecosystem Flourish

Washington, DC, May 4, 2020 – TV White Space (TVWS) is a tremendous wireless technology that can provide Internet connectivity to the very hardest to reach areas of America.  Because of a variety of technical matters, however, the service and its underlying ecosystem have languished.  WISPA believes this could quickly change for the better with only modest adjustments to the way the FCC measures and governs TVWS. 

If the FCC adopts the widely-accepted Longley-Rice Irregular Terrain Model (ITM) interference protection standard, increases maximum tower height to 500 meters, liberalizes its adjacent-channel emission standards, and acknowledges and enables the use of directional antennas in its TVWS database, the band would more fully realize the spectrum’s promise.  It would become more powerful without creating harmful interference to broadcast TV operations and others in the band.

The TVWS ecosystem would flourish.

“These changes would result in a more attractive service to providers, device makers and third-party services – injecting needed competition into the ecosystem,” said Louis Peraertz, VP of Policy for WISPA.  “In bringing down costs, TVWS will become a more viable alternative to providers, giving them a powerful and cost-effective tool to broaden deployment and connect unserved Americans to the Internet.”

WISPA’s TVWS Comments here.       

WISPA’s approximately 850 members are composed of fixed Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs) and the industry that supports fixed wireless broadband, including equipment suppliers, support services, and other components needed to run a successful business. Our members, and WISPs, in general, provide broadband access to over 6 million residential and business customers, often in exclusively rural areas.
Mike Wendy