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White Space Device Test Issues Reach Newpapers

The Washington Post has an interesting article on the FCC’s White Space Device tests.

The article FCC works to settle debate over new Web technology by Kim Hart presents both sides of the debate, listing the potential interference to TV reception and to wireless microphones. It also notes the problems Microsoft had with its device.

The article reported that the Motorola device detected a signal at one location, but not another one nearby.

Bruce Franca, vice president of policy and technology for the Association for Maximum Service Television was quoted as saying, “The results of every single test were different. The device failed to recognize that certain channels are actually being occupied by TV signals. ... Clearly this is not ready for prime time.”

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.