Amid the bright light, music, and Broadway glitz, there was a test being conducted by the Federal Government at a Broadway show, as similar tests were also conducted over the weekend at an NFL game, according to a report by Fawn Johnson of Dow Jones Newswires. The tests are another step in a move to occupy “white spaces” involved in the transmission and amplification of sound at a Broadway show…among other things. According to Johnson:
The battle pits Internet and communication giants such as Microsoft Corp. ( MSFT), Google Inc. (GOOG) and Philips Electronics NV (PHG), which want unlicensed access to the airwaves, against TV broadcasters, Broadway and sportscasters, which worry about interference.
The FCC on Tuesday and Saturday completed two tests focused on whether the prototypes could detect wireless microphones that also transmit on unused TV channels known as “white spaces.” The tests took place at a National Football League preseason game and a Broadway show.
It is all very complicated and intriguing…for those so inclined, check out the full article.
-Broadway Magazine, Broadway.tv