Industry Fired Up Over White Space Vote

Oct 24, 2008  •  Post A Comment

The Federal Communications Commission has been inundated with e-mails, missives, comments and other forms of communication from both sides of the “white space” issue, Broadcasting & Cable reports. Elected officials, large companies, sports leagues and other affected parties are in the last days of lobbying for their respective side as the FCC decides whether to allow unlicensed mobile devices to tap into unused digital television airwaves, or “white spaces,” in a vote scheduled for Nov. 4. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., sent a letter to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin stating, “I strongly urge you to move ahead with a vote scheduled for the Commission’s Nov. 4 meeting on the authorization of these new devices in a mobile, unlicensed manner.” His Republican colleague Mel Martinez, R-Fla., also issued a statement representing the other side of the issue. “I know that companies and the FCC have been experimenting for some time now on devices that work under controlled conditions,” he wrote. “but to date, none have succeeded on a consistent basis.”
—Christopher Perez

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