Wireless

by Mike Masnick


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fcc, kevin martin, spectrum, white space



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.

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    Anonymous Coward, 16 Oct 2008 @ 6:52am

    Re: Oddly?

    Hell, WIRED headphones even can be affected by this.

    I purchased the surround sound headset from Razer and overall its a great set of headphones.

    Except when my cell phone connects to the cell network (if I receive a phone call or text message or when it checks in to check if I have...) it causes interference on the headset.

    Don't have the issue with the cheap ones that came with my Zune. Doesn't happen with my speakers. Just my nice headset...

    I guess when I'm on call I could call it a feature for when I'm on call, except I've started using my headphones only for Ventrilo and let my games blast out my speakers.

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