New Microsoft unlicensed device fails
A new prototype ‘white space’ device tested by the Federal
Communications Commission last week failed, losing power during the FCC’s
second round of testing. The incident follows a July 2007 FCC report, which
concluded that sample prototype ‘white space’ devices did not accurately detect
broadcast signals and caused interference to TV broadcasting and wireless
“They were running some tests on it, and it just
stopped working,” Ian Ferrell, director of wireless incubation for
Microsoft, told TRDaily, which first reported the device failure late Friday.
The full text from TRDaily is below. The power failure was also vaguely
addressed in a February 7 ex parte filed by Edmond Thomas, senior technology
policy adviser to the White Spaces Coalition.
Commenting on the matter, NAB Executive Vice President
Dennis Wharton said, “By failing two out of two tests at the FCC,
Microsoft and the Wireless Innovation Alliance have demonstrated that
unlicensed devices are not ready for prime time.” For more information on this press release please go to the