Rockers fight white space; FCC unmoved

Rockers fight white space; FCC unmoved

Summary: The over-50 rocker set has piled onto the anti-white space campaign, Ars Technica reports. Among the musicians signing on to the opposition: Neil Diamond, The Bangles, Don Henley, Mac Davis, Kenny G, Vanessa Williams, Peter Frampton, Rick Springfield, The Scorpions, Meat Loaf, DJ Green Lantern, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, and the Dixie Chicks and Rob Zombie.

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The over-50 rocker set has piled onto the anti-white space campaign, Ars Technica reports. Among the musicians signing on to the opposition (PDF): Neil Diamond, The Bangles, Don Henley, Mac Davis, Kenny G, Vanessa Williams, Peter Frampton, Rick Springfield, The Scorpions, Meat Loaf, DJ Green Lantern, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, and the Dixie Chicks and Rob Zombie.

The point: Require white space devices to be tethered to a frequency database and reserve channels for exclusive wireless mic operation.

Ars' Matthew Lasar notes that the FCC's executive summary (PDF) says right up front:

[S]pectrum sensing in combination with geo-location and database access techniques can be used to authorize equipment today under appropriate technical standards.

At this point, cable, TV, the music industry and some 30 members of Congress are lined up for delay. The technology industry would like the FCC to move forward on schedule.

It doesn't appear that the gathering of the incumbent wagons is making a difference. The white space vote is item #5 on the FCC's docket for next Tuesday (PDF.)

Topics: Government US, Government

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  • I agree

    Don't force musicians to foot the bill replacing their equipment just because companies Like Google want the public to foot the bill to increase their ad reveues.

    Let the companies make the consessions.
    GuidingLight
    • What is this garbage about Google revenues?

      We're talking about ubiquitous nationswide Internet here. You wold rather block google's business model than obtain the massive benefits of that kind of access?????

      That doesnt make sense. You might as well say you prefer to not have a tax cut because you oppose "redistribution of wealth" via intelligent tax policy.
      rkoman@...
  • RE: Rockers fight white space; FCC unmoved

    I am Technical Director for a combination venue, a theater/library/museum/conference center. I have a couple of dozen high-quality wireless microphones, purchased at a substantial investment, with big gaps in the available frequencies because of local television. I've tested some of the new frequency-agile systems, and they just don't work well. All are expensive. Complete replacement of the system for something which does not have 100% reliability is not a budget option - it's an expense which could cause me to have to cut back on other things, including staffing and repairs. Is Google going to purchase new equipment for me, the other venues in my town, and the 100-or-so churches? I doubt it.
    pasound50@...
    • What does this have to do with Google? nt

      nt
      T1Oracle
  • RE: Rockers fight white space; FCC unmoved

    This is so much more than "Rockers". There are a a lot of venues - churches, small theater groups, city libraries and so on that have wireless devices. This ruling will impact them directly.
    BigRed_32399
  • I only count 2...

    ... of those listed whose performances wouldn't be much enhanced by having their microphones disabled.
    ejhonda