New York (January 30, 2008)–The FCC’s testing on the performance of controversial prototype television white space devices resumed last week, amidst a concerted effort to conduct the testing openly and transparently. Much of the pro audio community is concerned about the tests, as wireless microphones, personal monitor systems and other equipment may be affected by the outcome of the FCC’s efforts. The testing is open to observation by any interested parties.
The tests are being conducted by Commission’s Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) as part of a proceeding to consider authorizing the operation of new, low power devices in the television (TV) broadcast spectrum at locations where channels are not being used for authorized services.
OET is conducting a test program on TV white space prototype devicesto provide additional information for the record, which will be considered in assessing the interference potential of such devices and establishing appropriate requirements. Prototype devices were submitted the new tests, including four devices submitted by Adaptrum, Microsoft, Motorola and Philips.
The laboratory tests will measure the performance capabilities of the prototype devices under controlled conditions. The field tests will be conducted at a variety of locations to provide information on the performance of the devices under real world conditions.
Bench testing is expected to last four to six weeks, followed by an additional period of field testing for a similar length of time. The test report is expected to be completed within approximately four to six weeks of completion of the tests.
The testing is open to observation by any interested parties, so those interested in observing should contact Patricia Goff at (301) 362-3001 or by e-mail at Patricia.Goff@fcc.gov.