Kevin Martin In Favor Of Freeing Up White Space TV Spectrum

from the good-news dept

While there's been a ton of propaganda from TV broadcasters (and, oddly, wireless microphone vendors) concerning requests from tech companies to make use of the so-called "white space" spectrum that surrounds the spectrum the TV broadcasters use, it appears that FCC boss Kevin Martin is now prepared to support freeing the spectrum for other uses. This isn't all that surprising, given that the FCC has been pushing to free up such spectrum for years, but it is very good news. While there were some early test device failures, the problems were with the devices themselves, not in creating any interference, as the critics claim. This totally unused spectrum could open up all sorts of interesting new wireless technologies that could be tremendously useful in many different ways.

Filed Under: fcc, kevin martin, spectrum, white space


Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread


  1. identicon
    Lyle, 16 Oct 2008 @ 1:51am

    Oddly?

    The wireless microphone vender's concerns are not odd in the least. Their products make use of the space between local TV stations to broadcast audio short distances. The digital TV transition will mean that effective 2.19.09 there products will be illegal to sell or operate. More information about this (including an informative video for DTV/Whitespace novices) at Shure.com or http://www.feb2009.com/.

    Characterizing a concern over change in policy that would make their entire business illegal as odd is in and of its self odd.

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here



Subscribe to the Techdirt Daily newsletter




Comment Options:

  • Use markdown. Use plain text.
  • Remember name/email/url (set a cookie)

Follow Techdirt
Insider Shop - Show Your Support!

Advertisement
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Advertisement
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Recent Stories
Advertisement
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads

Close

Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.