posted on Dec, 27 2009 @ 03:42 AM
This concerns possible (broadcasters say "probable" interference with on-air broadcasts from "white space devices". In a report from Oct '08,
Nate Anderson explained National Association of Broadcasters concerns on the ars technica website -
- by saying, "the broadcasters assert that white
space backers are engaged in nothing less than "euthanasia" and "a movement to totally eliminate television broadcasting."
Anderson says the fears are based on "recent comments from white space backers that they would like to "take TV off the air" in several years and
comments from FCC Chair Kevin Martin that unlicensed devices might be allowed to operate at 40mW on open channels immediately adjacent to TV
signals." According to broadcasters, signals of this strength would interfere with both antenna and cable reception.
Google, Microsoft, Dell, Earthlink, HP, Intel, Microsoft and Philips are backers of WSDs and want to use spaces previously allocated to analog tv for
two-way high-bandwidth wireless communication.