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


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  1. identicon
    Rick, 16 Oct 2008 @ 6:44pm

    Re: Re: Oddly?

    Oddly - sounds like you have a GSM headphone. It isn't
    uncommon at all for GSM to interfere with other electronic
    devices - this is a byproduct of the relatively slow rate
    at which voice/data is transmitted from the handset. One concern everyone has with 700 whitespace is intereference
    into TV sets - TV sets are known for having relatively
    poor shielding, thus the concern about any transmitter
    in 700 mhz getting through the weak shielding and causing the picture to freeze or stop playing (in the case of digital TV).

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