The FCC announced today that the Office of Engineering and Technology will be hosting a meeting to describe and discuss the findings announced recently regarding the testing of prototype equipment proposed for use in the so-called TV "white spaces". As we reported yesterday, the FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology recently issued two reports finding that the prototypes of these TV white spaces devices that had been made available for testing appeared to interfere with television signals. The FCC has asked for comment on its reports, with initial comments are due by August 15, and reply comments due by August 30.
Given the significance (and contentious nature) of the issue, the Commission has now announced that it will hold a meeting to answer questions, provide an overview of the tests it conducted, and consider suggestions for further testing to evaluate the performance of TV white space devices. The FCC’s meeting will be held on Thursday August 16, 2007 at 1 PM at the Commission’s testing lab in Columbia, Maryland. Parties interested in attending the meeting should send an e-mail to Patricia.Goff@FCC.gov, identifying the organization and how many individuals plan to attend. According to the FCC, space is limited. A copy of the FCC’s public notice with the full details is available here.