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BEIRG calls for consultation response extension

The organisation says there needs to be more time to submit responses to Ofcom’s consultation about a new generation of white space devices.

The organisation says there needs to be more time to submit responses to Ofcom’s consultation about a new generation of white space devices.

As discussed on last week’s PSN-e (read the story here), Ofcom (whose London HQ is pictured here) is currently consulting on a possible new generation of wireless devices that will operate in unoccupied ‘white spaces’ identified by reference to a geolocation database.

Acknowledging concerns from the PMSE community about the original – and subsequently abandoned – notion of self-determining cognitive devices, an Ofcom spokesperson told PSN-e that “we aren’t willing to approve any technology that carries such a risk [of interference].”

The communications regulator set a deadline of 7 December for responses – a time period described by the BEIRG Steering Committee as “insufficient” given the “complex issues” raised by the prospect of white space devices. Accordingly, the group is inviting all interested parties to write to Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards (Ed.Richards@ofcom.org.uk) and request that the consultation deadline be extended to the end of February 2011 “at the very least”.

BEIRG is also asking industry stakeholders to raise parliamentary awareness of the issue by writing to their local MPs. Templates for both letters can be downloaded at the BEIRG and Save Our Sound UK websites.

MP contact details can be found by visiting the UK Parliament website and inputting your postcode.

The extension of the deadline into next year would, says the BEIRG Steering Committee, “give much needed time for issues to be looked at and addressed more thoroughly”.

www.beirg.co.uk

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