The National Association of Broadcasters withdrew its objections to a 2008 FCC order permitting the operation of unlicensed wireless devices in the so-called white spaces between bands of licensed broadcast channels. The NAB filed a motion Thursday to dismiss its petition for review in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
"NAB still has concerns related to possible interference to broadcasting from unlicensed devices, but we felt this petition was no longer necessary," NAB spokesman Dennis Wharton said in a statement.
Two tech groups that support the "Super Wi-Fi" standard that delivers broadband connectivity over white spaces cheered the move. The Wireless Innovation Alliance sent out a release saying, "This is a major step forward." Harold Feld, legal director of Public Knowledge, said in a statement, "Assuming the court grants the motion, the last potential legal obstacle to the use of this valuable unlicensed spectrum will be removed and the innovations that are just beginning can continue to proceed with new confidence."
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