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Verizon wary about white space, favors licensed spectrum
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2008 16:10:07 -0400

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From: dewayne () warpspeed com (Dewayne Hendricks)
Date: August 8, 2008 9:10:55 AM EDT
To: Dewayne-Net Technology List <xyzzy () warpspeed com>
Subject: [Dewayne-Net] Verizon wary about white space, favors licensed spectrum

Verizon wary about white space, favors licensed spectrum
By Matthew Lasar | Published: August 08, 2008 - 07:15AM CT

<http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080808-verizon-wary-about-white-space-favors-licensed-spectrum.html >

One of the wireless giants has weighed in on whether the Federal Communications Commission should OK unlicensed devices that can send and receive broadband through unused TV channels. Verizon Vice President Thomas Tauke's comments about "white space" technology on Thursday weren't entirely negative, just mostly.

"Generally we have favored licensed spectrum," Tauke said at a press conference, "but we are continuing to look at what the potential may be here." On the other hand, he said he wanted to be certain that these applications, currently being evaluated by the FCC, don't interfere with Verizon wireless products or anything else. "Nobody has passed the test" just yet, Tauke said.
Methinks thou does protest too much?
Manufacturers developing these devices disagree with this assessment. Motorola has reportedpositive results during the FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology's (OET) recent string of tests at various rural and suburban sites in Maryland. Philips also says it has demonstrated these devices successfully before the FCC.ons infrastructure now include concerns about cell phones. Broadcasters already charge they will wreak havoc on TV signals, and strongly disagree with Motorola's optimism about the OET tests. Stadium entertainment outfits like the Grand Old Opry say that they will interfere with wireless microphone systems. And churches, which also use wireless mics, recently added their voice to this chorus.

On July 30, National Religious Broadcasters warned that if the FCC authorizes these devices without addressing the associations' worries, "it might be one of the greatest technical blunders in our nation's history." It should be noted that this would put unlicensed broadband apps on a par with the Three Mile Island accident, William Mulholland's 1928 St. Francis Dam disaster, and the 1941 failure of United States intelligence to warn Pearl Harbor in time of a probable attack from Japan.

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