Goto Section: 15.714 | 15.717 | Table of Contents

FCC 15.715
Revised as of September 1, 2021
Goto Year:2020 | 2022
  §  15.715   White space database administrator.

   The Commission will designate one or more entities to administer the
   white space database(s). The Commission may, at its discretion, permit
   the functions of a white space database, such as a data repository,
   registration, and query services, to be divided among multiple
   entities; however, it will designate specific entities to be a database
   administrator responsible for coordination of the overall functioning
   of a database and providing services to white space devices. Each
   database administrator designated by the Commission shall:

   (a) Maintain a database that contains the information described in
   § 15.713.

   (b) Establish a process for acquiring and storing in the database
   necessary and appropriate information from the Commission's databases
   and synchronizing the database with the current Commission databases at
   least once a week to include newly licensed facilities or any changes
   to licensed facilities.

   (c) Establish a process for registering fixed white space devices and
   registering and including in the database facilities entitled to
   protection but not contained in a Commission database, including MVPD
   receive sites.

   (d) Establish a process for registering facilities where part 74 low
   power auxiliary stations are used on a regular basis.

   (e) Provide accurate lists of available channels and the corresponding
   maximum permitted power for each available channel to fixed, mobile,
   and personal/portable white space devices that submit to it the
   information required under § 15.713(e), (g), and (h) based on their
   geographic location and provide accurate lists of available channels
   and the corresponding maximum permitted power for each available
   channel to fixed, mobile, and Mode II devices requesting lists of
   available channels for Mode I devices. Database administrators may
   allow prospective operators of white space devices to query the
   database and determine whether there are vacant channels at a
   particular location.

   (f) Establish protocols and procedures to ensure that all
   communications and interactions between the white space database and
   white space devices are accurate and secure and that unauthorized
   parties cannot access or alter the database or the list of available
   channels sent to a white space device consistent with the provisions of
   § 15.713(l).

   (g) Make its services available to all unlicensed white space device
   users on a non-discriminatory basis.

   (h) Provide service for a five-year term. This term can be renewed at
   the Commission's discretion.

   (i) Respond in a timely manner to verify, correct and/or remove, as
   appropriate, data in the event that the Commission or a party brings
   claim of inaccuracies in the database to its attention. This
   requirement applies only to information that the Commission requires to
   be stored in the database.

   (j) Transfer its database along with the IP addresses and URLs used to
   access the database and list of registered fixed white space devices,
   to another designated entity in the event it does not continue as the
   database administrator at the end of its term. It may charge a
   reasonable price for such conveyance.

   (k) The database must have functionality such that upon request from
   the Commission it can indicate that no channels are available when
   queried by a specific white space device or model of white space

   (l) If more than one database is developed, the database administrators
   shall cooperate to develop a standardized process for providing on a
   daily basis or more often, as appropriate, the data collected for the
   facilities listed in § 15.713(b)(2) to all other white space databases
   to ensure consistency in the records of protected facilities.

   (m) Provide a means to make publicly available all information the
   rules require the database to contain, including fixed white space
   device registrations and voluntarily submitted protected entity
   information, except the information provided by 600 MHz band licensees
   pursuant to § 15.713(j)(10)(v) and (vi) of this part shall not be made
   publicly available.

   (n) Establish procedures to allow part 27 600 MHz service licensees to
   upload the registration information listed in § 15.713(j)(10) for areas
   where they have commenced operations, as defined in § 27.4 of this
   chapter, and to allow the removal and replacement of registration
   information in the database when corrections or updates are necessary.

   (o) Remove from the database the registrations of fixed white space
   devices that have not checked the database for at least three months to
   update their channel lists. A database administrator may charge a new
   registration fee for a fixed white space device that is removed from
   the database under this provision but is later re-registered.

   (p) Establish procedures to allow health care facilities to register
   the locations of facilities where they operate WMTS networks on channel

   (q) Establish procedures to allow unlicensed wireless microphone users
   in the 600 MHz band to register with the database and to provide lists
   of channels available for wireless microphones at a given location.

   [ 80 FR 73070 , Nov. 23, 2015, as amended at  81 FR 4975 , Jan. 29, 2016;
    86 FR 2296 , Jan. 12, 2021]


Goto Section: 15.714 | 15.717

Goto Year: 2020 | 2022
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