FCC Extends Deadline For Comment On Spectrum Database

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The Federal Communications Commission has given broadcasters' spectrum lobby group more time to comment on who or what will be responsible for identifying open channels between DTV stations for use by unlicensed devices.

Actually, the commission gave everybody another four days to weigh in -- from Feb. 3 (comments) and Feb. 18 (reply comments) to Feb. 9 and 24, respectively.

The Association for Maximum Service Television had asked for the extra time, saying it needed it due to the "volume and complexity" of the submissions.

Nine entities, including Google, filed proposals by the Jan. 4 due date.

The commission said it thought the extension was reasonable, agreeing that they raised "complex technical issues."

Broadcasters obviously have a big stake in the database correctly identifying which channels were open and which open channels could be used without causing interference to existing TV stations.

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