[opendtv] Re: Congress

  • From: Bob Miller <bob@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2005 23:43:16 -0500

John Willkie wrote:

>I'm thinking that tie timing -- new chairman, new commissioner to be named,
>the state of the transition, the time into the transition -- may be about
>right for another stab at permissive COFDM in the U.S. on allocated
>However, the political jujitsu and angles have to be thought out
>strategically and tactically in advance.  After all, it's not an engineering
>argument, but a techno-political one.  With all due respect to you and the
>folks at Sinclair, that was not done well (if at all) the last time.
>John Willkie
Sinclair was so sure they were in the right that they took it too easy. 
They also trusted friends that they had been in the same industry 
forever with way too much.

It made sense that the MSTV test would be conducted fairly. Who would 
have thought that blatant fraud such as was committed would happen and 
then be ignored by the FCC, NAB, CEA? Who would have thought that 
broadcasters could be cowed into acceptance of such a blow to their 
basic OTA service by Congressional threats?

Ditto for the DoD that caved to the same Congressional hit men as far as 
I can remember. So much for Homeland Security in early 2001.

Ditto for ABC, NBC, Granite and Pappas all of whom put up initial fight 
and voted for COFDM. The rest were just sheep IMO. Who was that station 
who criticized Sinclair for going back in and using their transmitter to 
retest a COFDM receiver after the test was over. That was one aggregious 
B*****d IMO.

Bob Miller

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