[opendtv] Re: FCC TAKES STEPS TO ALLOW NEW LOW POWER DEVICES ON VACANT TV CHANNELS

  • From: "Hunold, Ken" <KRH@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2006 16:45:55 -0400

Broadcasters *already* use this space, if only indirectly.  Wireless
microphones, for one, already use these frequencies in the TV band.
This is a huge hornet's nest that has been kicked recently by these
attempts to allow unlicensed devices to use these frequencies.  There is
much to suggest that these new devices will not play well with others.
News, Sports, and Entertainment productions stand to be impacted greatly
by this step.  Just because there isn't a TV station operating on a
frequency does not mean that it is "unused."

Ken Hunold

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A lot of positive opinions about this move to use the so-called TV white
spaces, from each of the commissioners, is also available at
http://www.fcc.gov/, under 12 October.

The going-in assumption seems to be that this "unused" space would be
used by Internet broadband access providers, and it would be unlicensed.
But heck, if it's available, then why don't broadcasters themselves go
for it? Depending what the specifics are to be, e.g. on power limits,
broadcasters might make good use of it too, no?

Are they permitted?

Bert

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
October 12, 2006        Bruce Romano
(202) 418-2470

FCC TAKES STEPS TO ALLOW NEW LOW POWER
DEVICES ON VACANT TV CHANNELS

Washington, D.C. -  The Commission today adopted a First Report and
Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking taking the first
important steps toward allowing new low power devices to operate in the
broadcast television spectrum at locations where channels in that
spectrum are not in use by television stations or other authorized
services.   This action will enable the development of new and
innovative types of devices and services for businesses and consumers.

In the First Report and Order, the Commission concluded that fixed low
power devices can be allowed to operate on TV channels in areas where
those frequencies are not being used for TV or other incumbent licensed
services.  The Commission declined to permit operation on TV channel 37
that is used by radio astronomy and wireless medical telemetry services;
and on TV channels 52-69, which have been reallocated for public safety
and other mobile services.  It also declined to permit the operation of
personal/portable devices on TV channels 14-20, which are used by public
safety service in 13 cities, leaving for further consideration the issue
of whether fixed devices might be used in that band.  Marketing of such
devices may commence on February 18, 2009, after the digital television
(DTV) transition is complete and all TV stations are in operation on
their permanent DTV channels.

In the Further Notice, the Commission invited further comment on a
number of issues that were raised in response to the Notice of Proposed
Rule Making.  It solicited additional information that is needed to
determine whether personal/portable devices can operate in any of the TV
channels without causing harmful interference.  It also invited comment
to explore whether low power devices should be permitted on TV channels
2-4, which are used by TV interface devices such as VCRs, and whether
fixed low power devices can be permitted on TV channels 14-20.

The Commission made detailed technical proposals to facilitate use of a
dynamic frequency selection (DFS) mechanism to ensure that TV band
devices operate only on vacant TV channels.  In addition, it sought
further comment on implementation details for the geo-location and
control signal interference avoidance approaches discussed in the Notice
in this proceeding.

The Commission reaffirmed its commitment to developing a complete record
to ensure that the final rules will protect TV broadcasting and other
service against harmful interference.  In particular, it invited parties
to submit test results showing that TV band devices will not cause
harmful interference.  In addition, the Commission noted that it plans
to conduct extensive testing itself to assess the potential interference
from low power devices operating in the TV bands before adopting final
rules.

The Commission also invited comment on the desirability of requiring
licensing for devices operating in the TV bands. While the Commission
noted that a majority of the commenters have expressed interest in
operating low power devices in the TV bands on an unlicensed basis, it
sought comments on the relative benefits of both the licensed and
unlicensed  approaches.

Action by the Commission October 12, 2006, by First Report and Order and
Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making (FCC 06-156).  Chairman Martin,
Commissioners Copps, Adelstein, Tate, and McDowell.  Separate statements
issued by Chairman Martin, Commissioners Copps, Adelstein, Tate and
McDowell.

Office of Engineering and Technology contact:  Mr. Hugh L. Van Tuyl,
(202) 418-7506, e-mail Hugh.VanTuyl@xxxxxxxx

ET Docket Nos. 04-186 and 02-380.

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