NAB: FCC Should Deny White Spaces Waiver

Says Adaptrum Shouldn't Test Device Before Waiver is Granted

The National Association of Broadcasters has told the FCC that it should not grant the request of Adaptrum for a waiver of the FCC's antenna height limits for devices using the White Spaces between TV channels.

NAB says there are two reasons to deny it. One is that NAB says the company appears to already have installed and tested the device before the FCC has even ruled on the waiver, which it says is flaunting the rules. Second, NAB says it cannot find the device registered in the FCC database pre commission rules.

Adaptrum CEO Haiyum Tang told B&C that the FCC allows it to experiment before getting the waiver. "As a device manufacturer we have the latitude to experiment with white spaces devices," he said.

Adaptrum wants the FCC to allow it to deliver broadband over the TV band in Northeast Maine near the Canadian border by mounting fixed TV white spaces devices on towers at heights above the FCC limit.

Read more at B&C here.