As the DTV transition approaches and white space proponents urge the FCC to allow white space usage for broader consumer usage, the audio industry watches in anticipation as we teeter on the brink of becoming common criminals for using wireless audio devices.
From FOH Online:
A longtime issue facing the live production industry, the white spaces debate has hit full force in a string of events that appear strangely coincidental amid recent FCC field-testing at live events — all of which have failed conclusively. The consortium of tech companies (Yahoo!, HP, Motorola, Google), fervent about opening up the spectrum for wireless Internet use, continue to escalate its fight. At the forefront of efforts, Google has fired back with a new campaign and Web site, Free the Airwaves, to garner public support for open use of the tiny spectrum.
“We are worried the FCC will buckle and allow white space to be used by personal portable devices seeking wireless services,” says Karl Winkler, director of business development for Lectrosonics.
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