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From: FCC NPRM for UHF
TV Band Unlicensed Use [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] On Behalf Of Michael Calabrese
Experts Refute TV Industry Claims on DTV Reception Issue
Last week, on a bipartisan basis, the House Commerce Committee approved an amendment to its digital TV transition bill directing the FCC to complete its proposed rulemaking to open up vacant, unused channels in the TV band spectrum (also known as “white space”) for unlicensed wireless broadband use (Docket 04-186).
Last year, the FCC issued a proposed rulemaking to allow “smart” wireless broadband devices to utilize empty TV channels between Chs. 2 and 51 on a market-by-market basis. Opening wasted TV spectrum for broadband in each market will especially benefit rural areas. Unfortunately, this proceeding has stalled at the Commission under Chairman Kevin Martin. The broadcast industry opposes the House amendment and the FCC’s proceeding, claiming that unlicensed devices operating in vacant TV channels could cause harmful interference to TV signals on nearby channels.
- For a more detailed version of the paper’s argument, refer to the Technical Reply Comments of the New America Foundation, et al. in the above-referenced proceeding.
- For more background on the broadcast industry’s spurious claims regarding interference, refer to New America Foundation’s fact sheet.
- For a brief explanation of why utilizing vacant TV channels for broadband is important and feasible, see the statement by former FCC Chief Engineer Edmond Thomas from New America’s September 7th Capitol Hill Briefing.
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