The Broadway League has expressed concern that if people use these so-called "white spaces" to support handheld devices near a theatre, Broadway amplification could possibly be compromised, leading to static-filled performances, or worse, dangerous backstage communication blackout between crew members. The F.C.C. commissioners indicated at a Nov. 4 public meeting that, based on their testing, theatrical shows (and other events/broadcasters using the spectrum) are not at risk for disruption, and that future devices would be able to sense an in-use frequency and shut down, thus preventing a clash of technologies.
"It's fair to say few other engineering analyses at the F.C.C. have been as lengthy and open," said Michael Copps, a commissioner, according to The New York Times.
The white spaces are seen by the commission (and by tech companies) as a wider and more powerful way for wireless devices such as cell phones and laptop computers to be supported.