NAB Steps Up Its White Space Fight Against Microsoft


NEW YORK — Last week RBR+TVBR reported on a proposal from computing giant Microsoft to use TV white space to provide wireless broadband services in rural areas.

Specifically, Microsoft wants the FCC to reserve a vacant UHF white space channel in every market nationwide, following the post-auction repack of broadcast television stations.

The NAB is less than thrilled, and issued a statement on the matter Tuesday.

RBR + TVBR OBSERVATION (Full text below, for subscribers only: Tough words from Mr. Wharton, here. But, maybe Microsoft has the ear of a Commission that has a leader dedicated to bringing the same quality of digital connectivity to rural America as is what’s available in the nation’s biggest DMAs. That’s actually a good thing, based on our editor-in-chief’s just-concluded vacation.

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