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Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 02 May 2008 04:29
Device BlurIn a joint statement to the FCC, MLB, the NFL, NBA, the Professional Golfers Association of America, the NHL, the NCAA and ESPN took issue with tech-industry companies, including Google, which look to leverage unlicensed digital-TV spectrum not used by broadcasters, for the use of mobile devices. The leagues claim that the proposed technology can impact wireless microphones used by the leagues and by broadcasters. As reported by Broadcasting & Cable:

The leagues took issue with a recent proposal, introduced by Motorola and backed by Google, that they said would protect from interference.

"Now is not the time for the commission to be distracted by proposals that rely on unproven, yet-to-be-developed technical fixes," the leagues said in response to that proposal. "Google suggests that wireless-microphone users purchase and install 'beacons' in order to jam white-space-device transmissions, rely on channels 36-38 for microphone transmissions and, as a last resort, should count on spectrum sensing for interference protection.”

They continued, "Each of these elements is flawed. Strapping together several deficient proposals under a new name simply does not add up to a solution to this difficult problem."

Companies, such as Google, have said they can address any possible interference issues. The skeptical sports leagues are pressing the FCC to not allow the companies proposing to use the unused “white spaces” not be allowed to do so unless they can prove that the technology does not interfere with DTV.

The FCC is still testing to see how the proposed technologies possibly interfere with wireless devices, such as wireless microphones.

 
 
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