[opendtv] Re: Digital Trends: ESPN may pull its finger out of the Internet-TV dam, unleash a flood of change

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 7 Feb 2014 22:14:03 -0500

On Feb 7, 2014, at 9:26 PM, "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx> 
> Craig Birkmaier wrote:
>> Yes Bert, we understand how full and low power stations can coexist.
>> This was true way back in the '50s when TV broadcasting really got
>> started. But the FCC did not make this spectrum available for LPTV
>> until 1982.
> Well, then, why imply that these "white spaces" are used to limit competition?

Because they were. That spectrum was unused for more than thirty years while 
the big three networks built their oligopoly.

By 1982 cable was starting to create real competition. It only took ten years 
for the broadcasters to get Congress to put that to an end. Now we have give 
big companies controlling almost everything.

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