Those new young whipersnapper Congresscritters are about to descend on DC looking for new things to champion. Unused spectrum like channels 2-51 will be prime for re-distribution once the reality of how few will still be actually using this spectrum after the transition. IMO this whole white space deal is based on thinking that this spectrum really doesn't need protecting much since most already realize it is not heavily used. And that is today. After the transition and all the hoopla a few more people will be aware of it and the numbers will be far lower. Someone is bound to ask, "Why protect it at all, why not sell it?" Sell it to somebody that will use if for something that actually has a decent customer base. Someone with no conflict of interest with other revenue streams. Someone who values the spectrum enough to build it out so that it works well mobile, fixed and portable virtually everywhere. Someone who pays attention to the tools that they are allowed to use and to the decision making process that decides on those tools. Someone willing not only to pay for the spectrum but to live and die by a business plan that maximises the value of the spectrum. Bob Miller On Sun, Nov 2, 2008 at 9:35 AM, negrjp <negrjp@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > Digital Over The Air Television not runs better than OTA TV analog. > This detail may crash OTA audience too. > > Jonas > >> At 6:13 PM -0400 11/1/08, Albert Manfredi wrote: >> > >> >> Why do broadcasters have any more claim to this spectrum >> >> for a "new" service than other potential users of this spectrum? >> > >> >Because it's their spectrum. Perhaps broadcasters can make the same >> >argument about using the DBS spectrum? Or the WiFi spectrum? Or how >> >about allowing WSDs in the GPS spectrum? Why not allow broadcasters >> >to blast away from their high towers in the 2.4 GHz band, for "new >> >services"? Broadcasters have given up 200 MHz of spectrum for cell >> >service, in the 1980s and now, so it's not like nothing has changed. >> >> No Bert, it is NOT their spectrum. It is OUR spectrum. >> >> And broadcasters purposely decided to use this spectrum in a highly >> inefficient manner for a service that most people do not use anymore. >> I am not advocating eliminating OTA broadcasting. I am simply saying >> that it is time for broadcasters to wake up and stop trying to >> convince folks that their service is threatened by the development of >> new services that share the portions of "their spectrum" that are >> lying fallow. >> >> The demands for spectrum are far different today than in the era when >> broadcasters were LOANED this spectrum to create the TV service. You >> noted above a whole series of new spectrum applications that have >> enabled the development of huge new industries that help propel our >> economy and generate new jobs. >> >> The spectrum is a precious national resource that should be used to >> benefit the people, not special interests who hoard it. The best >> economic use of these precious resources is just as important as the >> maintenance of legacy services that do not provide significant >> benefits to the public. >> >> We could still have buggy paths that run along every interstate highway... >> >> >> >A good compromise would be to allow only the low VHF for consumer >> >devices, and allow sharing of white spaces otherwise only for fixed >> >broadband service, where channel assignments can be done >> >intelligently. >> >> Compromise might be a good approach IF the current occupants were >> willing to compromise. >> >> They are not. >> >> In the face of this kind of obstruction of progress the FCC has >> little choice but to force the issue. >> >> And I completely disagree that it is not possible for devices to be >> designed that will work compatibly with the existing broadcast system. >> >> Regards >> Craig >> >> >> ---------------------------------------------------------------------- >> 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. >> ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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.