July 1, 2016 — Globastar’s proposal to glom onto channel 14 of the Wi-Fi spectrum is getting some more flak. This time from an unlikely source – the Hearing Industries Association (HIA).
The HIA is lining up with the rest of the players who don’t want Globalstar to have preferential access to spectrum in an unlicensed band. www.aglmediagroup.com/2-4-ghz-proposal-still-enveloped-in-controversy/
HIA’s position is similar to the opposition of the Public Knowledge (PK), the Open Technology Institute (OTI) and the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA) and others in regard to the potential interference TLSP might cause. However, this angle also says that if the commission is going to allow Globalstar to use Channel 14, it should allow everyone to do the same. As well, Wireless Communications Association International (WCAI) and HIA said the proponents of such a move are making no effort to address the potential interference that it would cause for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Educational Broadband Service (EBS) and Broadband Radio Service (BRS).
The commissioners are somewhat divided on this. But the one commissioner I know personally, Pai, is against it, and I applaud his position. Wi-Fi is unlicensed and no entity should have exclusive rights to any part of that spectrum.
Globalstar said TLPS can be easily used to immediately increase the nation’s Wi-Fi capacity by a third. Whether this is true or not has to be proven. There have been many such similar types of claims by various entities, over the years, which have not proven out. So unless Globalstar has solid proof that this will happen, that alone is enough to reject their proposal.
Opponents, including HIA, have a legitimate concern that TLPS will degrade the performance of Bluetooth devices. And Globalstar has not shown any substantial evidence to the contrary.
HIA said it supports spectrum sharing, but that new rules should be crafted only after consideration of all affected technologies, not just a few, and a major spectrum allocation decision about this should be done during open discussions rather than what it called last-minute negotiations.
The WCAI said those advocating for unlicensed access to the spectrum at issue have presented a proposal that’s at best “half baked.” Fundamental details about how such access would work and how it would be controlled to make sure it doesn’t interfere with BRS/EBS operations remain unaddressed, according to the association.
Prove you can do this without any detrimental effects on others, Globalstar, and then we can talk.