Messagehttp://www.newamerica.net/Download_Docs/pdfs/Doc_File_2713_1.pdf

For those that are interested in the vacant TV band issues. This is amazing stuff. To put it in context, read the post below if you are interested....

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----- Original Message ----- From: Michael Calabrese
To: Marlon K. Schafer (509) 982-2181
Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2005 4:18 PM
Subject: RE: Analysis Demonstrates Availability of TV Band Spectrum for Wireless Broadband in Markets Nationwide


Yep - and that even assumes that EVERY license for any purpose precludes any use of that channel in the market (and we know that hundreds of low-power and translator construction licenses are not broadcasting - or, when they do, typically cover a rather limited target area within the market).

MC
-----Original Message-----
From: Marlon K. Schafer (509) 982-2181 [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2005 7:13 PM
To: Michael Calabrese
Subject: Re: Analysis Demonstrates Availability of TV Band Spectrum for Wireless Broadband in Markets Nationwide


WOW!!!!

Even Boston, Firsco, and DFW have about 40% unused TV space. I figured it would be high but not that high!

laters,
Marlon
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64.146.146.12 (net meeting)
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www.odessaoffice.com/marlon/cam



----- Original Message ----- From: Michael Calabrese
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Sent: Tuesday, November 22, 2005 4:02 PM
Subject: Analysis Demonstrates Availability of TV Band Spectrum for Wireless Broadband in Markets Nationwide


New Analysis Demonstrates Availability of TV Band Spectrum for Wireless Broadband

Revealing the extensive underutilization of frequencies that could make ubiquitous and affordable wireless broadband Internet service a reality, the New America Foundation and Free Press released a new analysis of vacant TV band spectrum in 22 major media markets represented by members of the Senate Commerce Committee. In every one of the nation's 210 media markets, unassigned TV channels - also known as "white spaces" - sit dormant and unused. The analysis shows that even in congested markets like Dallas/Ft. Worth, 40 percent of the TV channel spectrum will remain unused after America's DTV transition. In more rural markets like Juneau, Alaska, as much as 74 percent will be available.

In 2004, the FCC initiated a rulemaking (Docket 04-186) to open up these white spaces to wireless broadband devices, subject to strict rules to avoid interference with television reception. The broadcast industry opposes this move, citing interference concerns. The proceeding, stalled at the Commission, is now in the hands of members of Congress. This month the House Commerce Committee marked up DTV transition legislation that includes a provision directing the FCC to complete the proceeding in a timely fashion.

According to Michael Calabrese, Director of New America's Wireless Future Program, "A 'vast wasteland' of TV band spectrum could provide the rocket fuel for affordable wireless broadband deployment, particularly in rural areas, but it is up to Congress and the FCC to allow this valuable spectrum to be utilized by smart radio devices on an unlicensed basis."

The New America/Free Press analysis was featured last week at a Capitol Hill debate sponsored by the New America Foundation. At the debate, prominent engineers argued that the FCC's proposed rules minimize the risk of any interference with TV reception, and that any lingering concerns can easily be addressed by the FCC's normal rulemaking process. For additional background on this issue and coverage of the event, click on the link below:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/18/AR2005111800083_pf.html

Related papers and documents on this issue can be accessed here.


www.spectrumpolicy.org



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