Wednesday, November 26, 2008

White Space...what?

I think many of you have probably heard about this issue but like me, did not quite understand it. I have been spending some time lately trying to understand it. White Space is the frequency on which our wireless mics, clear-coms, hearing impaired listening systems and some radio-controlled scenery operates. It is the space between frequencies and it would take someone much brainier than me to explain how that works. Recently the FCC ruled that companies such as Microsoft and Google could operate as yet to be invented devices in the white space. What they didn’t do was investigate properly what interference those devices would cause to wireless mics, headsets, etc. There was some testing done in which the technology that would prevent such interference failed.

The FCC pushed through the ruling in a vote on election day. The proceedings have been described as “irregular.” Theatre Communications Group has been working on the issue for a while and I was on a phone call with a number of advocacy organizations, commercial producers and individual theatres yesterday. There are ways to appeal the FCC decision and the call was basically informational on that point. I will continue to be a part of this coalition of people who care about the issue and if you want more information you can go to

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend everyone!


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