The Federal Communications Commissions’ Office of Engineering and Technology has begun running tests in Seattle, WA to determine the extent of spectrum interference between next-generation Wi-Max systems and cellular phone networks. A provision of the FCC’s slated auction of the 2155- to 2180-MHz band is that a winning bidder must set up a free wireless broadband network. Mobile phone companies have insisted that such a proposed service would interfere with their services and would degrade their signals. Consequently, the FCC is carrying out tests to assess the potential for interference. FCC engineers will examine the potential for Wi-Max to interfere with wireless signals and will try to determine whether shielding could fix any problems.The announcement of testing can be found on the FCC website.Ultimately, the FCC will make a decision, but in the meantime, why not weigh in on this controversy?To share your opinion, just go the Interference Technology NEBS/Telecom Forum.