TV ‘White Space’ Preservation Sought By Microsoft


The FCC‘s Office of Engineering Technology on Dec. 15 hosted representatives of three very different entities that are united in a request to maintain a portion of unlicensed television spectrum — something the groups believe is essential for the development of new technologies.

Lobbyists from the New America Foundation — a “think tank and civic enterprise committed to renewing American politics, prosperity, and purpose in the Digital Age;” Public Knowledge, which boasts a mission of “freedom of expression, an open internet, and access to affordable communications tools and creative works; and none other than Microsoft group met with OET members to ensure that unused TV channel space is available for public use, Law360 reports.

The trio’s meeting comes as a formal show of support to a pending FCC proposal that would retain at minimum one vacant channel for public use in every U.S. market.

An ex-parte submission was filed Monday (12/19) by the three entities.