What Are “TV White Spaces”?

  • Television white spaces are unused spectrum bands near and between television broadcast channels.

  • This resource can help bridge the digital divide by providing wireless broadband to America’s underserved communities.

  • The ability to travel long distances and through geographic obstacles make television spectrum bands ideal for mobile broadband.

  • Fast upload and download speeds make television white spaces essential to the future of 5G.

Why White Spaces?

39% of rural Americans lack access to broadband

White Spaces take advantage of underutilized spectrum.

• The Federal Communications Commission designates television white spaces as “unlicensed,” meaning no one can exclude others from using the spectrum.

• Still, valuable television white spaces remain underused in most parts of the country, doing a disservice to the American public.

• The future of 5G networks depends on licensed and unlicensed spectrum – we must put television white spaces to productive use.

What are the Benefits of Television White Spaces?

Television white spaces are already being used across the country, providing benefits to different parts of society.

The benefits are many, but more must be done.

To bring the benefits and utility of television white spaces nationwide,
the Federal Communications Commission must be encouraged to finalize rules governing this valuable resource.


01/24/2018 – TV white space tech will help expand broadband coverage (Helena Independent Record)

11/30/2017 – Rural internet access is important ag infrastructure (Farm Forum)

11/28/2017 – Veterans and military families need internet to connect to our economy (The Hill)

11/21/2017 – Microsoft Utilizes TV White Space in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to Enhance Communications (Broadband Breakfast)

09/19/2017 – Cash, Innovation, Airwaves: The Recipe for Rural Broadband (Broadcasting & Cable)

08/25/2017 – Report: Small Business Benefits of Rural Broadband are Plentiful (Telecompetitor)

08/07/2017 – How TV ‘white space’ may expand telehealth access: 6 things to know (Becker Hospital Review)

08/03/2017 – Unused TV frequencies are untapped resource for rural healthcare, says The App Association (Becker Hospital Review)

08/01/2017 – Congress Pushes FCC to Use White Spaces for Rural Broadband (TV Technology)

08/01/2017 – Hill wants TV airwaves for broadband (Politico Pro)

08/01/2017 – Legislators Urge FCC to Open Up TV Airwaves for Telemedicine (mHealth Intelligence)

07/31/2017 – Echoing Microsoft, House Coalition Asks FCC for Three TV White Space Channels to Target Rural Broadband (Telecompetitor)

07/27/2017 – The NAB Could Threaten Rural Broadband Initiative (NTK Network)

07/26/2017 – App Group Defends Rural ‘White Spaces’ Reservation (Multichannel News)

07/12/2017 – Harnessing TV White Spaces in Rural America for the Public Good (Morning Consult)

07/11/2017 – To Close Digital Divide, Microsoft to Harness Unused Television Channels (New York Times)

TVWS Content

The Telehealth Tales: Why Rural Broadband is an Important Antidote for the Diabetes Epidemic- PDF
Connect US – Television White Spaces- PDF
Finding the Rimidi