Craig Birkmaier wrote: > > Which is what I'm also arguing. For terrestrial OTA > > television, you don't need a monopoly to provide the > > infrastucture. Not saying it CAN'T be done that way, > > just saying that there are better alternatives. > > I have yet to see you propose one that does not retain > the broadcaster as gatekeeper. It's all a matter of perspective. In practice, there is no clear advantage with your proposal, but there are drawbacks. Here are two ways to look at it: 1. Your "utility" would become the gatekeeper, Whether they set the fees, or whether they use other criteria to allow access, they will accept or reject applicants for bandwidth. Bandwidth will be limited for the same reasons it is now. Physics. No, you don't get to violate any laws with the "utility" concept. 2. The "utility" is the spectrum the FCC assigns to TV. Therefore, with DTT, more entities can get a 6 MHz slice. So that's the "utility," and the FCC is the manager. And yes, there will be multiple gatekeepers. I've made these points on numerous occasions, so I have in fact already responded to your question on gatekeepers. In short, better have many rather than just one, better let them compete against each other rather than create another bureaucracy. > I generally favor the marketplace and a hands off > approach with respect to regulation. But we are talking > about a scarce public resource here, and markets can be > distorted by the actions of a few powerful companies, > as we see today with the big media congloms. What about oil? Should we go back to regulating oil production and prices? I think that the best the govt can do here is shut down analog, thereby increasing availability of spectrum to newcomers, and *keep* the existing local ownership caps. This achieves the same goals as your utility without the socialist flavor. > If broadcasters wanted to pool spectrum in small > markets and create a cable competitor, I suspect that > they could do it cheaper that cable. In very small markets there is no cable competitor at all. There is DBS or OTA. And again, if the govt sees a need, they can give broadcasters tax incentives to operate in such rural markets. This is preferable to an artificial "utility" structure. > Sooner or later, a bypass technology comes along and > upsets the applecart. This is why the TV industry is > so concerned about broadband and the Internet. This is irrelevant to the discussion here. Depending on copy protection technology and laws, the "bypass technology" you talk about could threaten your OTA "utility" concept, as it threatens cable, DBS, telco IPTV systems, rental businesses, and advertizing businesses. So I'm not sure what point you're trying to make. Bert ---------------------------------------------------------------------- You can UNSUBSCRIBE from the OpenDTV list in two ways: - Using the UNSUBSCRIBE command in your user configuration settings at FreeLists.org - By sending a message to: opendtv-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with the word unsubscribe in the subject line.