Musicians concerned that white spaces devices will interfere with microphones

Posted by Wolfgang Gruener

The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) said it is “disappointed” by the FCC’s recent decision to open the television "white spaces" for “use by unlicensed, mobile Internet devices.”

While the organizations aid that it “recognizes the potential of these new devices to bring broadband Internet access to millions of Americans”, it said that the current decision “relies on unproven, unreliable technology” which may interfere with wireless microphones on stage.

“The Commission has opened the door to these devices prior to proving that they will not adversely affect the wireless microphones that Broadway theaters, symphony performances, live concerts and others depend on to deliver the highest-quality audience experience,” the AFM said.

The AFM hopes that the current order is more thoroughly reviewed and that “the needs of wireless microphone users are taken into serious consideration.” The organizations aid that it will work with the Commission to ensure that the “AFM's needs are adequately met”.