Page accuses broadcasters of 'rigging' poor white-space tests

Page accuses broadcasters of 'rigging' poor white-space tests

Summary: Speaking on Capitol Hill yesterday, Google cofounder Larry Page accused broadcasters – if not the FCC – of "rigging" tests that found white-space devices interfere with TV broadcasts, the Washington Post reports."The test was rigged deliberately," Page said during his remarks in the Dirksen Office building.

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Speaking on Capitol Hill yesterday, Google cofounder Larry Page accused broadcasters – if not the FCC – of "rigging" tests that found white-space devices interfere with TV broadcasts, the Washington Post reports.
"The test was rigged deliberately," Page said during his remarks in the Dirksen Office building. "That's the kind of thing we've been up against here, and I find it despicable."

A Google spokesman said the testers had used the same frequency as local television stations – "in essence hiding within the television spectrum so that the test device could not detect them," the Post's Peter Whoriskey said.

"Broadcasters have been very active in this," he said.

Page pulled out a G1 and said, "The notion that a small device like this is going to interfere is just garbage," he said.

Wireless mic maker Shure had a ready response to Page's charges:

"The FCC's wireless microphone field tests were carefully planned and thoroughly executed based on sound engineering science and real-world operating scenarios. These tests were open to the public, and those who choose to discount the results -- which have not yet been published -- had every option to be present and to witness them for themselves."

Topics: Government US, Government, Hardware, Mobility

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  • Heaven forbid

    Google misses another opportunity to aquire money for nothing.

    It is interesting that Page was not present, yet ready with a response so quickly. It makes one wonder if he already knew of the interference problems, but had a well practiced response ready at a moment's notice.

    I would not be surprised to see Page petition the FCC for free access to the "emergency airways" being auctioned off as Google needs it more then emergency workers.
    GuidingLight
  • RE: Page accuses broadcasters of 'rigging' poor white-space tests

    Yawwwnnnnnmm, so what's new?
    twaynesdomain-22354355019875063839220739305988
  • Once again ...

    Reality is at fault for not conforming to someone's idea of how things "ought to be". Larry Page's challenge to Congress is that they MUST step in and fix reality.
    aureolin
  • From the reading, it certainly sounds rigged.

    Changing the microphones to use a frequency already in use by a local TV station is rigging the contest. TV stations emit so much energy that the microphone transmissions are just lost in the background.

    It's much like testing the sensitivity of a photometer to the light output of a flashlight and then putting the flashlight next to a Klieg light. Or trying to determine the dynamic range of a set of speakers and then putting the speakers next to a jet engine doing full power testing.
    Letophoro
  • RE: Page accuses broadcasters of 'rigging' poor white-space tests

    My dad one time build a tesla coil that apparently blocked all the neighbors tvs on all freuquncies for a half mile around. (not intentionally of course.) some of them actually thought it was some kind of disaster, and one of them bought a new tv that night when the old one was fine.
    shadfurman
    • Good thing that wasn't recently.

      Otherwise the DHS, FBI, NSA, and a few other agencies normally known only by their TLA's (Three Letter Acronyms) might have come to investigate.
      Letophoro