Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Commentary on the White Space Vote
The white space issue was pushed through at the November 4th FCC meeting, probably as a political expedient. As such, it was not well supported or thought out. At this time it is likely that there will be a court challenge and possibly a review by the new administration. Both of which will significantly slow things down.
Even then, this is only the beginning; not the end. The FCC now has to define rules and regulations for the use of White Space and you can be sure all the interested parties will be actively involved. So it will take a significant amount of time before we can truly analyze the impact. Right now White Space is perched on the crest of the hype curve.
We will have to watch how deeply it drops into the trough of disillusionment before the reality can be assessed.