08.16.2007 10:34 AM
NAB Responds To Microsoft’s FCC Report
The National Association of Broadcasters has responded to Microsoft's filing of a report with the FCC disputing the Commission's earlier finding that portable unlicensed devices proposed by the high-tech firms will result in interference to digital television reception.
Dennis Wharton, executive vice president of media relations for NAB, commented, "The FCC performed rigorous tests on the Microsoft devices, and we are confident that its finding that these devices cause interference to television reception is accurate.
"Nearly a decade ago, broadcasters and government launched the historic public-private partnership that is bringing the next generation of television to American consumers,” Wharton continued. “Now that the DTV transition is near completion, up steps Microsoft and its allies to jeopardize all that has been accomplished. By continuing to press its self-serving agenda, Microsoft is playing Russian Roulette with America's access to interference free TV reception."
NAB is engaged in a lobbying battle with the computer industry as the latter seeks to deploy wireless devices to operate in unused portions of the broadcast spectrum—the so-called white space.

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