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Sports Nets See ‘White Space’ Glass as Half-Empty

Oct 23, 2008  •  Post A Comment

Sports networks are pretty much resigned to the fact that the FCC will allow unlicensed devices to operate in the broadcast spectrum’s unused frequencies known as “white spaces” when it votes on the issue Nov. 4, Broadcasting & Cable reports. “In 13 days, there is going to be a redefinition of this industry. And quite honestly, it doesn’t bode well there for us at this point,” said Jeff Willis, ESPN’s coordinating technical manager of event operations, at the Sports Audio Summit in New York City today. “[Technology companies] smell victory, they can sense victory, and they’re already pushing for the next level, and the next level is to get as much spectrum as they can,” Willis added.
—Christopher Perez

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