Irresistible Force vs. Immovable Object
It's been a busy week here in Washington, my home town. On June 20 a group of 29 companies and organizations sent a letter to all members of Congress expressing their support for the FCC Docket 04-186 proposals for allowing unlicensed systems to share "white space"/holes in TV spectrum on an interference free basis. The signers, listed below, include Microsoft, Google, H-P, Dell, Philips, and the American Electronics Association - a Silicon Valley-based New Economy trade group.
Not to be outdone, The Association for Maximum Service Television (MSTV) and National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) sent their own letter with opposition recommendations on June 21 on behalf of the Old Economy.
Readers who lie outside the beltway and are not members of Congress might wish to compare the two letters and see which one makes more sense.
Signers of June 20,2007 letter in favor of
unlicensed devices in TV bands
New America Foundation
Association for Competitive Technology
Consumer Federation of America
Media Access Project
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
Wireless Internet Service Providers Association
National Hispanic Media Coalition
Southern California Tribal Digital Village
The VON Coalition
National Telecommunications Cooperative Association
Business Software Alliance
American Electronics Association
Information Technology Industry Council