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25th Anniversary of FCC Decision Enabling Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

25th Anniversary of FCC Decision Enabling Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
A series of posts describing how this all came about. (Click on picture above)

Sunday, February 15, 2009

TV White Space/TVBD R&O
Publication in Federal Register
(Expected) This Week

Remember the classic cartoon of the little boy sitting on the toilet with the caption that says "The job isn't finished until you complete the paperwork"? Well the same is true at FCC. The saga of Docket 04-186:

Event Date
R&O Approval 11/4/08
Release of text 11/14/08
Release of Errata 1/4/09
FR Publication 2/18/09 ??

As a public service, I am giving a link to my interpretation of the Errata showing how it changed the original rules. Note there is no guarantee that the FR version of the new rules are the same as what I estimate they should be and the FR version is binding.

The publication will start a clock for the effective date of the new rules and will also open the door for appeals. It is expected that the broadcasters, perhaps together with their fellow travelers/odd companions at Shure, will not ask the FCC for reconsideration but will go directly to an obscure federal court thought to be supportive of vested interests. Others are expected to ask FCC directly for reconsideration of the details of the decision.

So don't expect TVBDs at your local Radio Shack in the next month or two.

UPDATE - Published 2/17/09
74 FR 7314,7332
(Citation is a link)

2nd UPDATE

Silicon Valley Mercury News reports that NAB & MSTV filed appeal on 2/27 in U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

1 comment:

Henry Cohen said...

". . . and will also open the door for appeals. It is expected that the broadcasters, perhaps together with their fellow travelers/odd companions at Shure, will not ask the FCC for reconsideration but will go directly to an obscure federal court thought to be supportive of vested interests. Others are expected to ask FCC directly for reconsideration of the details of the decision."

Think of it as FCC specialty attorneys' opportunity for their piece of the economic stimulus pie.