Craig Birkmaier wrote: > The NAB and broadcasters have already conceded that licensed fixed > point-to-point systems could share the broadcast spectrum. Thus it > would be possible to operate wireless broadband-to-the-home/business > services that could compete with the telcos and cable. It might not > be possible to serve mobile devices, but there are alternatives that > solve that problem. I think that this is a different discussion, though. Using available spectrum for licensed broadcast services is allowing non-TV competition to use the TV spectrum, following exactly the same interference prevention techniques that broadcasters are subjected to. Whereas white space devices are low-power (1 Watt) unlicensed devices, competing for spectrum that could be in use by what appears to be a very, very weak signal. Which is why they are potentially such a problem. I think this is a different problem. As to this other scenario you pose, as far as I'm concerned, if TV broadcasters aren't interested in using available TV spectrum, then others should be able to get a crack at it. A prime example might be in your own market. My feeling is that it's obnoxious for spectrum set aside for FTA TV to be grabbed by subscription services. But I have to admit that if those entrusted to use this spectrum prefer to get "paid twice" and not use it effectively, once again Gainesville being a perfect example, then the govt has to either change its must-carry/retransmission consent rules, to fix the problem, or tell the owners of this spectrum (us) that it's reducing TV spectrum to less than Ch 2-51, which was already a reduction. (IMO, the priority for available TV spectrum ought to be to TV broadcast, including possibly LPTV, or on-channel repeaters or translators, to improve coverage. But the economics have to work in the open, greedy, marketplace. That's what it's all about.) 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.