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Sports Technology Alliance Calls on FCC to Protect Wireless Microphones

In a joint filing, members of the Sports Technology Alliance—comprising seven professional sports leagues and ESPN— asked the Federal Communications Commission to remain focused on protecting wireless microphones from interference from new devices operating in the “white spaces.” The Alliance’s members are the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Association for Stock Car Racing, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the PGA Tour and ESPN.

The Alliance challenged technology companies’ “white spaces” proposals, including a “beacon” plan supported by Google, and it asserts that the FCC must require the technology companies seeking to sell wireless “white spaces” devices to prove that their devices won’t interfere with wireless microphones, which already operate in “white spaces.”

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