Background: Today, Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and
Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) along with 40 of their colleagues sent a letter to
the House and Senate negotiators on the payroll tax bill supporting the use of
unlicensed spectrum in any discussions.
following statement is attributed to Harold Feld, legal director of Public
Eshoo and Chairman Issa and their colleagues have made a persuasive case for
making certain that unlicensed spectrum is included in any larger spectrum
agreements used to pay for the extension of payroll tax relief.
The following statement is attributed to Harold Feld, legal director of Public Knowledge:
"We congratulate the FCC on its announcement today that it has certified a database and device capable of using the TV white spaces. This marks a new era in open wireless technology, which already contributes $50 billion every year to the American economy.
"The newly certified ‘Super WiFi’ will increase the capacity of these networks tenfold, improving the wireless broadband experience for all Americans while creating new opportunities for innovation and job creation."
The following is attributed to Harold Feld, legal director of Public Knowledge:
"We are very gratified that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has started to begin testing a crucial element for the use of the "white spaces" between digital TV channels (white spaces). The Commission said that on Sept. 19 it would begin a 45-day trial of the first of nine databases that will allow new devices using the white spaces to operate without interfering with existing broadcasters.
"It's vitally important for our economy, for innovation and for consumers that development of devices built around white spaces go forward. This trial is an important first step to a new era of communications and other technologies. We commend FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski for putting this process in motion."
No sooner had I posted my wonkish critique of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score for S.911, the Rockefeller Public Safety/Spectrum Bill over on my Wetmachine blog ("Where snark meets wonk and the sparks fly!") when Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) turns around and drops a new version of the plan as part of his debt ceiling bill (Best version of Debt Ceiling bill I could find here).