http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-296490A1.pdf A speech given by the FCC Chairman at the New America Foundation. There are two main points he makes. One is that x millions of Americans now do not have broadband access to the Internet. HOWEVER, if you look into that number closely, using this report: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-296442A1.pdf you will see that push comes to shove, only 4 percent of Americans who actually want broadband are unable to get it. So, that 4 percent are where the FCC's effort ought to go, as far as I'm concerned. The charter of the FCC is not to effect social change. It's not to brainwash people into certain behaviors and wants. Parenthetically, the average price Americans pay for fixed broadband today is just under $41/mo. The next main point he makes is to point out that mobile broadband is where the action is today. And, you guessed it, he again harps on the TV spectrum. To which I say, you haven't begun to make good use of the existing 2G, 3G, and 4G spectrum yet. In fact, there is no excuse whatever for that kind of wanton waste. Cell companies like to have short life cycles for their cell phones, so why do we still even have separate 2G, 3G, and 4G spectrum? Plus, the whole 4G separate LTE spectrum is a sham too, mainly to make companies more royalty moneys. Gimme a break. Don't ask for the opinion of those companies that benefit from this waste. Ask some objective experts. Another annoying two things he says, which one hears often from those who don't know, is: 1. TV spectrum is the best for mobile broadband. Which is obviously false, given how long the wavelengths are. So once again, the NAB should put on a great show of magnanimousness and hand over Ch 2-13. And then let them puzzle over why that spectrum doesn't work well with mobile handsets after all. 2. And this second point is something one hears often too, also misleading: "About 300 megahertz of spectrum have been set aside for broadcast TV. In markets with less than 1 million people, only 36 megahertz are typically used for broadcasting. In cities with more than 1 million people, on average about 100 megahertz are used. Even in our very largest cities, at most only about 150 megahertz out of 300 megahertz are used." So, figure this out, FCC. If the TV spectrum you're talking about is in small communities, obviously you will have "white spaces" available for mobile broadband. We already knew that, but just do it right. Use a database method, not autodetection. If instead it's in major cities, then guess what? You can't do much better than 50 percent utilization, if even that much. Not with TV, not with mobile broadband. Unless you don't care about creating dead zones, of course, which you can't do in areas such as the East and West coasts. Doesn't the FCC know about interference? Of course they do. Which is what makes this sort of high drama even more galling. Broadcasters need to get aggressive. 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.