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     Protocol to Access White Space (PAWS) Database: Use Cases and


   Portions of the radio spectrum that are assigned to a particular use
   but are unused or unoccupied at specific locations and times are
   defined as "white space."  The concept of allowing additional
   transmissions (which may or may not be licensed) in white space is a
   technique to "unlock" existing spectrum for new use.  This document
   includes the problem statement for the development of a protocol to
   access a database of whitespace information followed by use cases and
   requirements for that protocol.  Finally, requirements associated
   with the protocol are presented.

Requirements Language

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119 [RFC2119].

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
     1.1.  Introduction to White Space  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
     1.2.  Scope  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
       1.2.1.  In Scope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
       1.2.2.  Out of Scope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
   2.  Terminology Used in this Document  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
   3.  Problem Statement  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
     3.1.  Global Applicability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
     3.2.  Database Discovery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
     3.3.  Device Registration  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
     3.4.  Protocol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
     3.5.  Data Model Definition  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
   4.  Use Cases  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9
     4.1.  Master-slave White Space Networks  . . . . . . . . . . . .  9
     4.2.  Offloading: Moving Traffic to a White Space Network  . . . 11
     4.3.  White Space Serving as Backhaul  . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
     4.4.  Rapid Network Deployment During Emergencies  . . . . . . . 14
     4.5.  White Space Used for Local TV Broadcaster  . . . . . . . . 15
   5.  Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
     5.1.  Data Model Requirements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
     5.2.  Protocol Requirements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
     5.3.  Operational Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 19
     5.4.  Guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
   6.  IANA Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 20
   7.  Security Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
   8.  Acknowledegements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 22
   9.  References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
     9.1.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
     9.2.  Informational References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
   Authors' Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 23

1.  Introduction

1.1.  Introduction to White Space

   Wireless spectrum is a commodity that is regulated by governments.
   The spectrum is used for various purposes, which include, but are not
   limited to, entertainment (e.g., radio and television), communication
   (e.g., telephony and Internet access), military (e.g., radars etc.),
   and navigation (e.g., satellite communication, GPS).  Portions of the
   radio spectrum that are assigned to a licensed (primary) user but are
   unused or unoccupied at specific locations and times are defined as
   "white space."  The concept of allowing additional (secondary)
   transmissions (which may or may not be licensed) in white space is a
   technique to "unlock" existing spectrum for new use.

   An obvious requirement is that these secondary transmissions do not
   interfere with the assigned use of the spectrum.  One interesting
   observation is that often, in a given physical location, the primary
   user(s) may not be using the entire band assigned to them.  The
   available spectrum for secondary transmissions would then depend on
   the location of the secondary user.  The fundamental issue is how to
   determine, for a specific location and specific time, if any of the
   assigned spectrum is available for secondary use.

   Academia and Industry have studied multiple cognitive radio [1]
   mechanisms for use in such a scenario.  One simple mechanism is to
   use a geospatial database that contains the spatial and temporal
   profile of all primary licensees' spectrum usage, and require
   secondary users to query the database for available spectrum that
   they can use at their location.  Such databases can be accessible and
   queryable by secondary users on the Internet.

   Any entity that is assigned spectrum that is not densely used may be
   asked by a governmental regulatory agency to share it to allow for
   more intensive use of the spectrum.  Providing a mechanism by which
   secondary users share the spectrum with the primary user is
   attractive in many bands in many countries.

   This document includes the problem statement followed by use cases
   and requirements associated with the use of white-space spectrum by
   secondary users via a database query protocol.  The final sections
   include the requirements associated with such a protocol.  Note that
   the IETF has undertaken to develop a white-space database query protocol (see

1.2.  Scope

1.2.1.  In Scope

   This document covers the requirements for a protocol to allow a
   device to access a database to obtain spectrum availability
   information.  Such a protocol should allow a device to perform the
   following actions:

   1.  Determine the relevant white-space database to query.

   2.  Connect to and optionally register with the database using a
       well-defined protocol.

   3.  Provide its geolocation and perhaps other data to the database using
       a well-defined format for querying the database.

   4.  Receive in response to the query a list of available white-space
       frequencies at the specified geolocation using a well-defined
       format for the information.

   5.  Send an acknowledgment to the database with information
       containing channels selected for use by the device and other
       device operation parameters.

   Note.  The above protocol actions should explicitly or implicitly
   support the ability of devices to re-register and/or re-query the
   database when it changes it location they change their locations or operating parameters, parameters.
   This will allow them to receive permission to operate in its their new location
   locations and/or with its their new operating parameters, and to send an acknowledgment
   acknowledgments to the database that
   includes include information on its their new
   operating parameters.

1.2.2.  Out of Scope

   The following topics are out of scope for this specification:

   1.  Co-existence and interference avoidance of white space devices
       within the same spectrum.

   2.  Provisioning (releasing new spectrum for white space use).

2.  Terminology Used in this Document
   Database  A database is an entity that contains current information
      about available spectrum at a given location and time as well as
      other types of information related to spectrum availability and

   Device Class  Identifies classes of devices including fixed, mobile,
      portable, etc...  May also indicate if the device is indoor or

   Device ID  An identifier for each master a device.

   Master Device  A device that queries the database, on its own behalf
      and/or on behalf of a slave device, to obtain available spectrum

   Slave Device  A device that queries the database through a master

   Trusted Database  A database that is trusted by a device or provides
      data objects that are trusted by a device.

   White Space (WS)  Radio spectrum that is available for secondary use
      at a specific location and time.

   White Space Device (WSD)  A device that uses white-space spectrum as
      a secondary user.  A white space device can be a fixed or portable
      device such as an access point, base station, or cell phone.

3.  Problem Statement

   The use of white-space spectrum is enabled via the capability of a
   device to query a database and obtain information about the
   availability of spectrum for use at a given location.  The databases
   are reachable via the Internet and the devices querying these
   databases are expected to have some form of Internet connectivity,
   directly or indirectly.  While databases are expected to support the
   rule set(s) of one or more regulatory domains, and the regulations
   and available spectrum associated with each rule set may vary, the
   fundamental operation of the protocol should must be independent of any
   particular regulatory
   independent. environment.

   An example high-level architecture of the devices and white-space databases is
   shown in Figure 1.

                 | Master  |
                 |WS Device|                              ------------
                 |Lat: X   |\           .---.    /--------|Database X| A|
                 |Long: Y  | \         (     )  /         ------------
                 -----------  \-------/       \/               o
                                     ( Internet)               o
                 -----------  /------(         )\              o
                 | Master  | /        (       )  \             o
                 |WS Device|/          (_____)    \       ------------
                 |Lat: X   |                      \--------|Database Y|                       \------|Database B|
                 |Long: Y  |                              ------------

      Figure 1: High-level View of White Space Database Architecture

   Note that there could be multiple databases serving white space
   devices.  In some countries, such as the U.S., the regulator has
   determined that multiple databases may provide service to White Space

   A messaging interface between the white space devices and the
   database is required for operating a network using the white-space
   spectrum.  The following sections discuss various aspects of such an
   interface and the need for a standard.

3.1.  Global Applicability

   The use of white-space spectrum is currently approved or being
   considered in multiple regulatory domains, whose rules may differ.
   However, the need for devices that intend to use the spectrum to
   communicate with a database remains a common feature.  The database
   implements rules that protect all primary users, independent of the
   characteristics of the white space devices.  It also provides a way
   to specify a schedule of use, since some primary users (for example,
   wireless microphones) only operate in limited time slots.

   Devices need to be able to query a database, directly or indirectly,
   over the public Internet and/or private IP networks prior to
   operating in available spectrum.  Information about available
   spectrum, schedule, power, etc., are provided by the database as a
   response to the query from a device.  The messaging interface needs
   to be:

   1.  Interface agnostic - An interface between a master white space
       device and database can be wired or unwired (e.g., a radio/air
       interface technology such as IEEE 802.11af, IEEE 802.15.4m, IEEE
       802.16, IEEE 802.22, LTE etc.)  However, the messaging interface
       between a master white space device and the database should be
       agnostic to the interface used for such messaging while being
       cognizant of the characteristics of the interface technology and
       the need to include any relevant attributes in the query to the

   2.  Spectrum agnostic - the spectrum used by primary and secondary
       users varies by country.  Some spectrum has an explicit notion of
       a "channel": a defined swath of spectrum within a band that has
       some assigned identifier.  Other spectrum bands may be subject to
       white space sharing, but only have actual frequency low/high
       parameters to define primary and secondary use.  The protocol
       should be able to be used in any spectrum band where white space
       sharing is permitted.

   3.  Globally applicable - A common messaging interface between white
       space devices and databases will enable the use of such spectrum
       for various purposes on a global basis.  Devices can operate in
       any location where such spectrum is available and a common
       interface ensures uniformity in implementations and deployment.
       To allow the global use of white space devices in different
       countries (whatever the regulatory domain), the protocol should
       support the database communicating applicable regulatory rule set
       information to the white space device.

   4.  Flexible and extensible data structures - Different databases are
       likely to have different requirements for the kinds of data
       required for registration (different regulatory rule sets that
       apply to the registration of devices) and other messages sent by
       the device to the database.  For instance, different regulators
       might require different device-characteristic information to be
       passed to the database.

3.2.  Database Discovery

   The master device must obtain the address of a trusted white-space database,
   which it will query for available white-space spectrum.  If the
   master device uses a discovery service to locate a trusted white-
   space database,
   it performs may perform the following steps: steps (this description is intended as
   descriptive, not prescriptive):

   1.  The master device constructs and sends a request (e.g., over the
       Internet) to a trusted discovery service.

   2.  If no acceptable response is received within a pre-configured
       time limit, the master device concludes that no trusted database
       is available.  If at least one response is received, the master
       device evaluates the response(s) to determine if a trusted
       database can be identified where the master device is able to
       receive service from the database.  If so, it establishes contact
       with the trusted database.

   3.  The master device establishes a white space network as described
       in Section 4.

   Optionally, and in place of steps 1 - 3 1-2 above, the master device can be pre-programmed
   pre-configured with the location address (e.g., Internet address) URI) of one or more one trusted
   databases.  The master device can establish contact with one of these
   trusted databases.

3.3.  Device Registration

   The master device may register with the database before it queries
   the database for available spectrum.  A registration process may
   consist of the following steps:

   1.  The master device sends registration information to the database.
       This information may include the Device ID, serial number
       assigned by the manufacturer, device location, device antenna
       height above ground, name of the individual or business that owns
       the device, and the name, street and email address, and telephone
       number of a contact person responsible for the device's

   2.  The database responds to the registration request with an
       acknowledgement to indicate the success of the registration
       request or with an error if the registration was unsuccessful.
       Additional information may be provided by the database in its
       response to the master device.

3.4.  Protocol

   A protocol that enables a white space device to query a database to
   obtain information about available spectrum is needed.  A device may
   be required to register with the database with some credentials prior
   to being allowed to query.  The requirements for such a protocol are
   specified in this document.

3.5.  Data Model Definition

   The contents of the queries and response need to be specified.  A
   data model is required which enables the white space device to query
   the database while including all the relevant information such as
   geolocation, radio technology, power characteristics, etc., which may
   be country and spectrum and regulatory dependent.  All databases are
   able to interpret the data model and respond to the queries using the
   same data model that is understood by all devices.

4.  Use Cases

   There are many potential use cases for white-space spectrum - for
   example, providing broadband Internet access in urban and densely-
   populated hotspots as well as rural and remote, underserved areas.
   Available white-space spectrum may also be used to provide Internet
   'backhaul' for traditional Wi-Fi hotspots or for use by towns and
   cities to monitor/control traffic lights, read utility meters, and
   the like.  Still other use cases include the ability to offload data
   traffic from another Internet access network (e.g., 3G cellular
   network) or to deliver data, information, or a service to a user
   based on the user's location.  Some of these use cases are described
   in the following sections.

4.1.  Master-slave White Space Networks

   There are a number of common scenarios in which a master white space
   device will act as proxy or mediator for one or more slave devices
   using its connection to the Internet to query the database for
   available spectrum for itself and for one or more slave devices.
   These slave devices may be fixed or mobile, in close proximity with
   each other (indoor network or urban hotspot), or at a distance (rural
   or remote WAN).  Once slave devices switch to white-space spectrum
   for their communications, they may connect through the master to the
   Internet or use white-space spectrum for intra-network communications
   only.  The master device can continue to arbitrate and control white
   space communications by slave devices, and may notify them when they
   are required to change white-space frequencies or cease white space

   Figure 2 depicts the general architecture of such a simple master-
   slave network, in which the master device communicates on its own
   behalf and on behalf of slave devices with a white-space database.

          |Slave |
          |Device| \             \|/                          ----------
          |  1   |  (Air)         |                           |Database|
          --------       \        |                 (----)   /|--------|
             |            \ ------|------          (      ) /
             |             \|  Master   |         /        \
           --------        /|           |======= ( Internet )
           |Slave |       / |  Device   |         \        /
           |Device|  (Air)  |           |          (      )
           |  2   | /       |-----------|           (----)
           |-------        /
             o   |        /
             o   |     (Air)
             o   |      /
           --------    /
           |Slave |   /
           |Device|  /
           |  n   |

                Figure 2: Master-Slave White Space Network

   The protocol requirements for these master-slave device and other
   similar scenarios is essentially the same: the protocol must support
   the ability of a master device to make available-spectrum query
   requests on behalf of slave devices, passing device identification,
   geolocation, and other slave device parameters to the database as
   required to obtain a list of white-space spectrum available for use
   by one or more slave devices.  Of course, different use cases will
   use this spectrum information in different ways, and the details of
   master/slave communications may be different for different use cases.

   Common steps may occur in master-slave networks include the

   1.  The master device powers up.

   2.  Slave devices may power up and associate with the master device
       via Wi-Fi or some other over-the-air non-white-space spectrum.
       Until the slave device is allocated white-space spectrum, any master-
       master-slave or slave-slave communications occurs over such non-white-
       space non-
       white-space spectrum.

   3.  The master has Internet connectivity, determines (or knows) its
       location, and establishes a connection to a trusted white-space database (see
       Section 3.2).

   4.  The master may register with the trusted database (see
       Section 3.3).

   5.  The master sends a query to the trusted database requesting a
       list of available white-space spectrum based upon its
       geolocation.  Query parameters may include the master's location,
       device identifier, and antenna height.  The master may send
       available-spectrum requests to the database on behalf of slave

   6.  The database responds to the master's query with a list of
       available white-space spectrum, associated maximum power levels,
       and a durations of time for spectrum use.  If the master made
       requests on behalf of slave devices, the master may transmit the
       obtained available-spectrum lists to the slaves (or the master
       may allocate spectrum to slaves from the obtained spectrum

   7.  The master may inform the database of the spectrum and power
       level it selects from the available spectrum list.  If a slave
       device has been allocated available white-space spectrum, the
       slave may inform the master of the spectrum and power level it
       has chosen, and the master may, in turn, relay such slave device
       usage to the database.

   8.  Further communication among masters and slaves over the white
       space network may occur via the selected/allocated white-space
       spectrum frequencies.

   Note: Steps 5 through 7 may be repeated by the master device when it
   (or a slave device that uses the master as a proxy to communicate
   with the database) changes its location or operating parameters --
   for example, after a master changes location, it may query the
   database for available spectrum at its new location, then acknowledge
   the subsequent response received from the database with information
   on the spectrum and power levels it is using at the new location.

4.2.  Offloading: Moving Traffic to a White Space Network

   This scenario is a variant of the master-slave network described in
   the previous use case.  In this scenario, an access point (AP) offers
   a white space service that offloads Internet traffic as an
   alternative datapath to a more congested or costly Internet wire,
   wireless, or satellite service.

   Figure 3 shows an example deployment of this scenario.

          \|/              /|Access Point |\
           |       (Air)--/ |-------------| \
         --|------ /                         \               -----------
        |Portable|/                           \      (----)  | Database|
        | Device |                             \    (      ) /----------
        |--------|\                             \  /        \
                   \                             X( Internet )
                    \                           /  \        /
                     (Air)                     /    (      )
                        \                     /      (----)
                         \                   /
                           |    Metered    |
                           |    Service    |

           Figure 3: Offloading Traffic to a White Space Network

   A simplified operation scenario of offloading content, such as video
   stream, from the a congested or costly Internet connection to a white
   space service provided by an AP consists of the following steps:

   1.  The AP contacts the database to determine channels it can use.

   2.  The portable device connects to a paid Internet service and
       selects a video for streaming.

   3.  The portable device determines if it can offload to a white space
       access point:

       A.  If the portable device knows its location, it

           1.  asks the database (using the paid service) for available
               white-space spectrum;

           2.  listens for and connects to the AP over the permitted
               white-space spectrum.

       B.  If the portable device does not have GPS or other means to
           determine its position, it

           1.  uses non-white-space spectrum to listen for and connect
               to the AP;

           2.  asks the AP to query the database for permitted white-
               space spectrum on its behalf;

           3.  uses the permitted white-space spectrum to connect to the

   4.  The portable device accesses the Internet through the AP to
       stream the selected video.

4.3.  White Space Serving as Backhaul

   In this use case, an Internet connectivity service is provided to
   users over a common wireless standard, such as Wi-Fi, with a white
   space master/slave network providing backhaul connectivity to the
   Internet.  Note that Wi-Fi is referenced in Figure 4 and the
   following discussion, but any other technology can be substituted in
   its place.

   Figure 4 shows an example deployment of this scenario.
                         \|/   White      \|/    \|/     Wi-Fi \|/
                          |    Space       |      |             |
                          |                |      |           |-|----|
            (----)      |-|----|         |-|------|-|         | Wi-Fi|
           (      )     |Master|         | Slave    |--(Air)--| Dev  |
          /        \    |      |--(Air)--| Bridge   |         |------|
         ( Internet )---|      |         | to Wi-Fi |
          \        /    |------|         |----------|           \|/
           (      )                                  \           |
            (----)                                    \(Air)   |-|----|
                                                            \--| Wi-Fi|
                                                               | Dev  |

              Figure 4: White Space Network Used for Backhaul

   Once the bridged device (WS + Wi-Fi) is connected to a master and WS
   network, a simplified operation scenario of backhaul for Wi-Fi
   consists of the following steps:

   1.  A bridged slave device (WS + Wi-Fi) is connected to a master
       device operating in the WS spectrum (the master obtains available
       white-space spectrum as described in Section 4.1).

   2.  Once the slave device is connected to the master, the Wi-Fi
       access point has Internet connectivity as well.

   3.  End users attach to the Wi-Fi network via their Wi-Fi enabled
       devices and receive Internet connectivity.

4.4.  Rapid Network Deployment During Emergencies

   Organizations involved in handling emergency operations maintain an
   infrastructure that relies on dedicated spectrum for their
   operations.  However, such infrastructures are often affected by the
   disasters they handle.  To set up a replacement network, spectrum
   needs to be quickly cleared and reallocated to the crisis response
   organization.  Automation of the this allocation and assignment is
   often the best solution.  A preferred option is to make use of a
   robust protocol that has been adopted and implemented by radio
   manufacturers.  A typical network topology solution might include
   wireless access links to the public Internet or private network,
   wireless ad-hoc network radios working independent of a fixed
   infrastructure, and satellite links for backup where lack of
   coverage, overload, or outage of wireless access links can occur.

   Figure 5 shows an example deployment of this scenario.
                                 | ad hoc
                               | Master node   |    |------------|
          \|/                  | with          |    | Whitespace |
           | ad hoc           /| backhaul link |    | Database   |
           |             /---/ |---------------|    |------------|
        ---|------------/                |      \           /
        | Master node   |                |       |      (--/--)
        | without       |                |        -----(       )
        | backhaul link |                |  Wireless  / Private \
        ----------------\                |    Access (   net or  )
                         \                |           \ Internet )
                          \    \|/        |      ------(        /
                           \    | ad hoc  |      |      (------)
                            \   |         |      /          \
                             \--|-------------  /Satellite   ----------
                             | Master node   | / Link        | Other  |
                             | with          |/              | nodes  |
                             | backhaul link |               ----------

       Figure 5: Rapid-deployed Network with Partly-connected Nodes

   In the ad-hoc network, all nodes are master nodes that allocate RF
   channels from the white-space database (as described in Section 4.1).  However,
   the backhaul link may not be available to all nodes, such as depicted
   for the left node in the above figure.  To handle RF channel
   allocation for such nodes, a master node with a backhaul link relays
   or proxies the database query for them.  So master nodes without a
   backhaul link follow the procedure as defined for clients.  The ad-
   hoc network radios utilize the provided RF channels.  Details on
   forming and maintenance of the ad-hoc network, including repair of
   segmented networks caused by segments operating on different RF
   channels, is out of scope of spectrum allocation.

4.5.  White Space Used for Local TV Broadcaster

   Available white-space spectrum can be deployed in novel ways to
   leverage the public use of hand-held and portable devices.  One such
   use is white-space spectrum used for local TV transmission of audio-
   video content to portable devices used by individuals in attendance
   at an event.  In this use case, audience members at a seminar,
   entertainment event, or other venue plug a miniature TV receiver fob
   into their laptop, computer tablet, cell phone, or other portable
   device.  A master device obtains a list of available white-space
   spectrum (as described in , (Section 4.1), then broadcasts audio-
   video content locally to the audience over one of the available
   frequencies.  Audience members receive the content through their
   miniature TV receivers tuned to the appropriate white space band for
   display on their portable device monitors.

   Figure 6 shows an example deployment of this scenario.

                                                 |White Space |
                                                 | Database   |
                                       .---.   / |------------|
               |-----------|          (     ) /
               |  Master   |         /       \
               |           |========( Internet)
               |-----------|         \       /
                     |                (     )
                    /|\                (---)

               (White Space

          \|/   \|/   \|/   \|/   \|/   \|/   \|/
           |     |     |     |     |     |     |     .................
         ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
         |   | |   | |   | |   | |   | |   | |   |
         |   | |   | |   | |   | |   | |   | |   |
         ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- ----- -----
        USB TV receivers connected to laptops, cellphone, tablets ....

             Figure 6: White Space Used for Local TV Broadcast

5.  Requirements

5.1.  Data Model Requirements

      D.1  The Data Model MUST support specifying the geolocation of the
         white-space device, the uncertainty in meters, the height & its
         uncertainty, and confidence in percentage of the location
         determination.  The Data Model MUST support [WGS84].

      D.2  The Data Model MUST support specifying the data and other
         applicable requirements of the rule set that applies to the
         white space device at its current a specified location.

      D.3  The Data Model MUST support device description data that
         identifies a white-space device (serial number, certification
         IDs, etc.) and describes device characteristics, such as device
         class (fixed, mobile, portable, indoor, outdoor, etc.), Radio
         Access Technology (RAT), etc.

      D.4  The Data Model MUST support specifying a manufacturer's
         serial number for a white-space device.

      D.5  The Data Model MUST support specifying the antenna and
         radiation related parameters of the white-space device, such

            antenna height

            antenna gain

            maximum output power, EIRP (dBm)

            antenna radiation pattern (directional dependence of the
            strength of the radio signal from the antenna)

            spectrum mask with lowest and highest possible frequency

            spectrum mask in dBr from peak transmit power in EIRP, with
            specific power limit at any frequency linearly interpolated
            between adjacent points of the spectrum mask

            measurement resolution bandwidth for EIRP measurements

      D.6  The Data Model MUST support specifying owner and operator
         contact information for a transmitter.  This includes the name
         of the transmitter owner, name of transmitter operator, postal
         address, email address and phone number of the transmitter

      D.7  The Data Model MUST support specifying spectrum availability.
         Spectrum units are specified by low and high frequencies and
         may have an optional channel identifier.  The Data Model MUST
         support a schedule including start time and stop time for
         spectrum unit availability.  The Data Model MUST support
         maximum power level for each spectrum unit.

      D.8  The Data Model MUST support specifying spectrum availability
         information for a single location and an area (e.g., a polygon
         defined by multiple location points or a geometric shape such
         as a circle).

      D.9  The Data Model MUST support specifying the frequencies and
         power levels selected for use by a white-space device in the
         acknowledgement message.

5.2.  Protocol Requirements

   P.1  The master device identifies a database to which it can
      register, make spectrum availability requests, etc.  The protocol
      MUST support the discovery of an appropriate database given a
      location provided by the master device.  The master device may MAY
      select a database by discovery at run time or by means of a pre-
      programmed URI address. URI.  The master device may MAY validate discovered or
      configured database addresses against a list of known databases
      (e.g., a list of databases approved by a regulatory body).

   P.2  The protocol must MUST support the database informing the master of
      the regulatory rules (rule set) that applies to the master device
      (or any slave devices on whose behalf the master is contacting the
      database) at the current location or the master (or slave)
      device(s). a specified location.

   P.3  The protocol MUST provide the ability for the database to
      authenticate the master device.

   P.4  The protocol MUST provide the ability for the master device to
      verify the authenticity of the database with which it is

   P.5  The messages sent by the master device to the database and the
      messages sent by the database to the master device MUST support
      integrity protection.

   P.6  The protocol MUST provide the capability for messages sent by
      the master device and database to be encrypted.

   P.7  Tracking of master or slave device uses of white space spectrum
      by database administrators, regulatory agencies, and others who
      have access to white space database could be considered invasive
      of privacy, including of privacy regulations in specific
      environments.  The PAWS protocol SHOULD support privacy-sensitive
      handling of device-provided data where such protection is
      feasible, allowed, and desired.

   P.8  The protocol MUST support the master device registering with the
      database (see Device Registration (Section 3.3)).


   P.9  The protocol MUST support a registration acknowledgement
      indicating the success or failure of the master device


   P.10  The protocol MUST support an available spectrum request from
      the master device to the database, which may include one or more
      of the data items listed in Data Model Requirements (Section 5.1).

      The request may include data that the master device sends on its
      own behalf and/or on behalf of one or more slave devices.

   P.11  The protocol MUST support an available spectrum response from
      the database to the master device, which may include one or more
      of the data items listed in Data Model Requirements (Section 5.1).

      The response may include data related to master and/or slave
      device operation.

   P.12  The protocol MUST support a spectrum usage message from the
      master device to the database, which may include one or more of
      the data items listed in Data Model Requirements (Section 5.1).

      The message may include data that the master device sends on its
      own behalf and/or on behalf of one or more slave devices.

   P.13  The protocol MUST support a spectrum usage message


   P.14  The protocol MUST support a validation request from the master
      device to the database to validate a slave device.  The validation
      request MUST device, which should
      include information necessary to identify the slave device ID.

   P.14 to the

   P.15  The protocol MUST support a validation response from the
      database to the master to indicate if the slave device is
      validated by the database.  The validation response MUST indicate
      the success or failure of the validation request.


   P.16  The protocol MUST support the capability for the database to
      inform master devices of changes to spectrum availability
      information in a timely manner.

5.3.  Operational Requirements

   This section contains operational requirements of a white-space database-device
   system, independent of the requirements of the protocol for
   communication between the white-space database and devices.

   O.1  The database and the master device MUST must be connected (e.g.,
      through able to connect to the database to
      send requests to the Internet). database and receive responses to, and
      acknowledgements of, its requests from the database.

   O.2  A master device MUST be able to determine its location including
      uncertainty and confidence level.  A fixed master device may use a
      location programmed at installation.

   O.3  The master device MUST be configured to understand and comply
      with the requirements of the rule set of the regulatory body that
      apply to its operation at its location.

   O.4  A master device MUST query the database for the available
      spectrum based on its current at a specified location before starting radio
      transmission in white space. space at that location.

   O.5  The database MUST respond to an available spectrum list request.

   O.6  After connecting to a  A master device, a slave device MUST be able to query the master device for a list of available spectrum.  The master
      device then queries the database on behalf of the slave device for
      an available spectrum list, using parameters received from the
      slave device.  After the master device receives a response to its
      request for an
      available spectrum list on behalf of a slave
      device, device at a specified
      location before the master slave device starts radio transmission in
      white space at that location.

   O.6  The database MUST relay the response respond to the slave
      device. an available spectrum request.

5.4.  Guidelines

   White space technology itself is expected to evolve and include
   attributes such as co-existence and interference avoidance, spectrum
   brokering, alternative spectrum bands, etc.  The design of the data
   model and protocol should be cognizant of the evolving nature of
   white space technology and consider the following set of guidelines
   in the development of the data model and protocol:

   1.  The data model SHOULD provide a modular design separating out
       messaging specific, administrative specific, and spectrum
       specific parts into separate modules.

   2.  The protocol SHOULD support determination of which administrative
       specific and spectrum specific modules are used.

6.  IANA Considerations

   This document makes no request of IANA.

7.  Security Considerations

   PAWS is a protocol whereby a Master Device requests a schedule of
   available spectrum at its location (or location of its Slave Devices)
   before it (they) can operate using those frequencies.  Whereas the
   information provided by the Database must be accurate and conform to
   applicable regulatory rules, the Database cannot enforce, through the
   protocol, that a client device uses only the spectrum it provided.
   In other words, devices can put energy in the air and cause
   interference without asking the Database.  Hence, PAWS security
   considerations do not include protection against malicious use of the
   white-space spectrum.

   Threat model for the PAWS protocol:


         The link between the master device and the white-space database can be
         wired or wireless and provides IP connectivity.  It is assumed
         that an attacker has full access to the network medium between
         the master device and the white-space database.  The attacker may be able
         to eavesdrop on any communications between these entities.

      Threat 1: User modifies a device to masquerade as another valid
      certified device

         A master device identifies itself to the database in order to
         obtain information about available spectrum.  Without suitable
         protection mechanisms, devices can listen to registration
         exchanges, and later register with the database by claiming the
         identity of another device.

      Threat 2: Spoofed white-space database
         A master device attempts to discovers a white-space database(s) that it can
         query for available spectrum information.  An attacker may
         attempt to spoof a white-space database and provide responses to a master
         device that are malicious and result in the master device
         causing interference to the primary user of the spectrum.

      Threat 3: Modifying or jamming a query request

         An attacker may modify or jam the query request sent by a
         master device to a white-space database.  The attacker may change the
         location of the device or its capabilities (transmit power,
         antenna height etc.), and, as a result, the database responds
         with incorrect information about available spectrum or maximum
         transmit power allowed.  The result of such an attack is that
         the master device can cause interference to the primary user of
         the spectrum.  It may also result in a denial of service to the
         master device if the modified database response indicates that
         no channels are available to the master device. device or when a jammed
         query prevents the request from reaching the database.

      Threat 4: Modifying or jamming a query response

         An attacker may modify or jam the query response sent by the white-
         database to a master device.  For example, an attacker may
         modify the available spectrum or power level information
         carried in the database response.  As a result, a master device
         may use spectrum that is not available at a location or may
         transmit at a greater power level than allowed.  Such
         unauthorized use can result in interference to the primary user
         of that spectrum.  Alternatively, an attacker may modify a
         database response to indicate that no spectrum is available at
         a location, location (or jam the response), resulting in a denial of
         service to the master device.

      Threat 5: Third party tracking of white space device location and

         A master device may provide its identity in addition to its
         location in the query request.  Such location/identity
         information can be gleaned by an eavesdropper and used for
         unauthorized tracking purposes.

      Threat 6: Malicious individual acts as a white space database to terminate or
      unfairly limit spectrum access of devices
         A white-space database may include a mechanism by which service and
         spectrum allocated to a master device can be revoked by sending
         a revoke message to a master device.  A malicious user can
         pretend to be a white-space database and send a revoke message to that
         device.  This results in denial of service to the master

   The security requirements arising from the above threats are captured
   in the requirements of Section 5.2.

8.  Acknowledegements

   The authors acknowledge Gabor Bajko, Teco Boot, Nancy Bravin, Rex
   Buddenberg, Vincent Chen, Gerald Chouinard, Stephen Farrell, Michael
   Fitch, Joel M. Halpern, Jussi Kahtava, Paul Lambert, Barry Leiba,
   Subramanian Moonesamy, Pete Resnick, Brian Rosen, Andy Sago, Peter
   Stanforth, John Stine, and Juan Carlos Zuniga for their contributions
   to this document.

9.  References

9.1.  Normative References

              Chen, V., Das, S., Zhu, L., Malyar, J., and P. McCann,
              "Protocol to Access Spectrum Database",
              draft-ietf-paws-protocol-03 (work in progress),
              February 2013.

   [RFC2119]  Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
              Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, March 1997.

   [WGS84]    National Imagery and Mapping Agency, "Department of
              Defense World Geodetic System 1984, Its Definition and
              Relationships with Local Geodetic Systems, NIMA TR8350.2
              Third Edition Amendment 1", January 2000, <http://

9.2.  Informational References


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Authors' Addresses

   Anthony Mancuso (editor)
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   Scott Probasco



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