New York (March 8, 2007)–Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) has introduced a proposal for H.R. 1320, The Interference Protection for Existing Television Band Devices Act of 2007. The legislation allows fixed, unlicensed device use of the “white spaces” between broadcast television channels (between 54 MHz and 698 MHz) after the national transition to digital television broadcasting in February, 2009–but it also requires unlicensed device manufacturers to demonstrate that their device will not interfere with existing “white spaces” products, including wireless microphone systems.
Under the proposed Rush legislation, portable (mobile) unlicensed device use of the “white spaces” would only be permitted after the fixed devices operate for three years without causing interference. In addition, portable device manufacturers would have to assure non-interference from their devices through thorough engineering analysis, design, and testing.
Sandy LaMantia, President and CEO of Shure Incorporated, which has strenuously lobbied for the protection of pro audio’s use of white spaces, endorsed the Rush bill and described it as “an astute and balanced approach to the so-called ‘white spaces’ debate in Washington. It promises the continued development of new technologies without creating mass disruption in the production of major entertainment, religious, sports, and news events. Shure will continue to communicate to all of our customers across the nation, focusing a great deal of our support for the Rush legislation in the major metropolitan areas that are home to so many of these important applications for wireless systems. I would expect legislators from every major metropolitan area to be very interested in this bill, based on their constituent reliance on wireless microphone technology.”