To the television broadcasters, WISPs using this spectrum in a "we'll
stay out of the way of any television broadcasting activity" manner
is the lesser of several other evils; television broadcasting has
been steadily losing ground now; first 800 MHz was carved out of
Channels 70-83, and now the 700 MHz bands are being carved out of
Channels 52-69. The trend is clear, and while it's one thing for
powerful terrestrial broadcasting to "share" spectrum with low-power
license-exempt usage, it's quite another for communications use to do
the same. If the broadcasters play things right (and it appears they
are "bending" towards white space license-exempt usage, but very much
on THEIR terms...) the license-exempt usage of television white space
may serve to "pollute" the remaining television broadcast spectrum
sufficiently to prevent future reallocation (for at least another
decade or so).
Intel, Microsoft, Cisco are some of the names being bandied about as
advocates for license-exempt use of white space television broadcast
On Jan 24, 2007, at Jan 24 09:21 AM, Jack Unger wrote:
Likelihood of unlicensed???
My guess is that the established communications carriers and the
broadcasters will fight the concept of license-free use of this
space. I expect it will come down to who lobbies Congress most
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