Meeting Review, October 23, 2007
on the unfolding issue of “white spaces,” which refers to the allocation of television spectrum
following the digital TV transition scheduled for February 2009. Their presentation, titled
“White Spaces – Unlicensed Devices in the TV Spectrum,” described the various proposed
deployment options, identified key industry players and lobby groups, and explained some of the
steps Shure has taken to ensure that the needs of wireless microphone users are considered in any
new legislation. Ahren Hartman is Director of Platform Planning at Shure, and Mark Brunner is
Director of Public and Industry Relations.
Those in favor of opening the unused spectrum for broadband use include high-tech
manufacturing and software companies, as well as congressional representatives of rural areas
which tend to be underserved in terms of broadband deployment. These groups argue that
allowing unlicensed, personal devices into the spectrum will spur technological innovation and
provide economic benefits. On the other side of the debate are the “incumbents,” that is to say,
the users of wireless microphones and other devices which already operate in the unused
spectrum. These groups, which include broadcasters, professional sports associations, and
representatives of areas such as
unlicensed devices must be proven to work without disrupting existing services before they can
be allowed into the spectrum. The FCC has tested several new interference protection
technologies, but to date none of these have proved to be acceptable.
has been active in
microphone usage. It has assisted in mobilizing live sound companies, theaters, houses of
worship, and other user groups to voice their concerns to local representatives. Shure continues
to work constructively with the FCC in providing recommendations aimed at protecting existing
wireless microphone users.