[opendtv] Re: news: F.C.C. to Open Radio Spectrum

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2008 09:09:59 -0500

At 2:56 PM -0500 11/5/08, Mark Schubin wrote:
John Shutt wrote:
No different than the "faith" the FCC had that ATSC reception problems would be sorted out eventually.
Perhaps a little different, because there are competing services this time.

Suppose that all of the performance spaces in New York City that use wireless mics are put into the geolocation database, and suppose it offers a protection zone of 200 meters. That could conceivably knock out the new service in midtown Manhattan from south of Penn Station to north of Lincoln Center -- no service at all in Times Square, at the main public library, or in the main bus and train stations -- or theaters, of course. And that's if everything goes as planned.

Would that be acceptable?

Perhaps. At least initially until things get sorted out.

The wireless mic industry is going to need to retool anyway, as MANY existing mics now operate in spectrum that has been auctioned for other uses. It is a good possibility that they may use the same technologies as other white space devices, rather than tying up "channels" 24/7 when they are only being used during certain day parts.


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