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Networks urge FCC to delay white-space vote

Fri, 10/24/2008 - 8:30am
Brian Santo

The opposition to white-space broadcasting technology has stiffened, with the four biggest broadcasters demanding that the FCC delay its scheduled Nov. 4 vote to approve the plan.

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the NCTA have registered their opposition (story here), as have wireless companies (story here), but the message doesn’t seem to be getting through.

The most recent letter sent to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin asking for the delay was signed by some of the heaviest hitters the broadcast industry has in its lineup: Peter Chernin, president of News Corp.; Robert Iger, CEO of Walt Disney; Leslie Moonves, CEO of CBS; and Jeffrey Zucker, CEO of NBC Universal.

They want the FCC to wait until engineers can study the agency’s recent report.

The summary of the report says there would be no significant interference issues with white space transmission. Various interests in the industry say they’ve conducted initial reviews, and the actual data in the report appears to contradict the report’s conclusion.

"It seems to be only prudent and responsible that the current white spaces proposal, and the (FCC) report, should be put out for comment and peer review," the network heads said in their letter.

The proposal is backed by Google, Intel, HP and Microsoft.

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