Law in the Internet Society
-- StephanieLim - 22 Oct 2008 just an outline, obviously...would welcome comments and suggestions

Introduction: Background

Historical context of WhiteSpaces in broadcasting

Current Situation

WhiteSpaces debate in present context, mobile devices

October 12, 2006 authorizes low-power wireless devices temporary use of the white spaces, as broadcasters abandon the spectrum in the switch to digital February 18, 2009.

Proponents and Opponents The White Spaces Coalition is full of corporate interests, but there are a number of consumer advocacy groups in favor of white spaces as well. Debate with short-range wireless microphones operating without a license.

"Proof of Concept" paradigm

Delay, fear-mongering, commercial burden of proof

Opponents to deregulating the white spaces have called for delays until major device manufacturers can provide "proof of concept" that devices operating in white spaces would not interfere with licensed airwaves. In October 2008 the FCC decided that the burden of proof had been met. Non-technologists have jumped on the imperfect results, citing risks in emergency response, public safety, privacy, and licensed, commercial uses. The climate of innovation will not thrive, however, under pending regulation.


Lack of expertise in policy arena could lead to stifling of innovation...

This isn't a suggestion for historical research but understanding NYCWireless, in the present day might yield some interesting info

-- TomGlaisyer - 26 Oct 2008



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r3 - 26 Oct 2008 - 14:27:51 - TomGlaisyer
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