White spaces are the areas of bandwidth that will be freed up for used once digital technologies replace the use of the previous method (bunny ears on top of the tv set). While the tech companies wanted these spaces to be free for the picking several communications companies including T-mobile and Sprint objected under the excuse that the use of these spaces will interfere with their products. The FCC ruled that while these spaces will be free, it will require rigorous testing on digital technologies to ensure minimum interference.
This situation is interesting, because while most rights and licensing conflicts involve a giant versus the little guy, such as the RIAA vs. most of its defendants, this conflict is between two groups of giants. It is not a case of a up and coming technology threatening the established way. It appears as if the communications companies have a legitimate fear of an already developed technology causing an unfair obstruction to another established technology. Thoughts?