The NAB is ridiculing Google for claiming that 13,000 petitions have been signed in support of allowing the introduction of unlicensed wireless devices into the so-called white spaces of the TV band. So far in FCC tests, prototypes of such proposed devices have failed to detect and avoid interfering with television stations.
NAB notes that 113 million US households typically watch television more than eight hours each day. "It’s worth asking whether 13,000 petitions are more important than retaining interference protections for 113 million TV-watching homes. All the petition drives in the world cannot mask the fact that Google’s own allies have admitted that these devices don’t work. Absent proven interference protection, Google’s gamble on the future of television is not a risk Americans should be asked to take,” said NAB Executive Vice President Dennis Wharton.