Broadcasters Challenge White Space Report

Susan Hall

Broadcasters have filed an emergency objection with the Federal Communications Commission, hoping to slow its process for opening up the white spaces between television channels to wireless devices, reports The Wall Street Journal.


Station owners and the four television networks filed the objection Friday, asking the commission to put the brakes on its planned Nov. 4 vote until everyone involved has a chance to comment on its recent report. After tests in Seattle, FCC engineers said use of the devices would pose no significant risk of interference to broadcast signals.


Broadcasters contend there will be interference. CRN quotes a statement by National Association of Broadcasters Executive Vice President Dennis Wharton, saying:

It would appear that the FCC is misinterpreting the actual data collected by their own engineers. Any reasonable analysis of the ... report would conclude that unlicensed devices that rely solely on spectrum sensing threaten the viability of clear television reception. Basing public policy on an imprecise Cliffs Notes version of a 149-page report raises troubling questions.

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