Originally Posted by Particle
The FCC decided to allow white space transmissions years ago despite protests from broadcasters, so I'm not sure what platform any opposed party even more separated from that spectrum's use would use to whine about it.
The FCC didn't openly allow the use of White Space, and has actually been very two faced about the entire thing.
On one side they sit and preach about making "strides" to open White Space, blah blah blah, etc, etc. Then on the other side they turn and implement ridiculous regulations on it, crazy licensing, and do pretty much everything they can to make worthless.
A perfect example of this behavior is with ~5.3Ghz - 5.4Ghz, it was usable spectrum, unlicensed, and was being used on a first come first serve basis. Then the FCC decided they didn't want it to be used anymore, and pulled the certifications for it. They were "kind" enough to grandfather those that had been using it in, but unfortunately for those people if the equipment failed, they couldn't replace it. As the manufacturers weren't allowed to produce equipment that would work in that frequency.
So about a year goes by, and after being petitioned numerous times the FCC decides to "allow" the use of the frequency again. Ah, except this time they put an ERP cap that pretty much makes it completely worthless. ERP is "Effective Radiated Power", it is the theoretical power/energy use in a transmission, and there is a formula for it. So while the FCC was dear and sweet and gave back that spectrum, they really didn't. As the new standards for it prevented it from being really used properly. It is like giving a NASCAR driver his car, without the tires....he won't make it very far.
If White Space was truly open, and adoptable, it would be in wide use, as it is absolutely superior to what we are currently stuck using. Though, I suppose it will happen eventually, it is just going to take several more years.Edited by PostalTwinkie - 7/17/13 at 12:55pm