[opendtv] Re: News: TV Braces for the Apple Tablet

  • From: Tom Barry <trbarry@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2010 16:21:17 -0500

Manfredi, Albert E wrote:
> Tom Barry wrote:
>> The new rules have stimulated more than expected demand for
>> those services.  It demonstrates the need to dredge up more
>> wireless bandwidth somehow, before everybody and his dog has
>> some sort of smart phone.
> First, use what you got more effectively, before talking about yanking away 
> someone slese's slice. The 3G spectrum can be used more effectively even 
> before you spill into the new 4G spectrum. Let the cellcos migrate all of 
> their services to 4G compatibly, no matter what spectrum they are using.
> Then, instead of insisting that TV content needs to all be made available as 
> VOD, unicast, which is very inefficient, offload TV onto broadcast RF 
> frequencies.
> In other words, there's no reason to cater 100 percent to the best interests 
> of the cellcos. They have alternative strategies too. But strategies that are 
> reasonable are only made "reasonable" when a given set of constraints is 
> taken into account. If the pundits and the FCC go in assuming that the cellco 
> interests alone must be supported, unconstrained by anything else, then of 
> course the most wasteful alternatives will become feasible.
> There's no reason to go in assuming that the "infinite bandwidth" 
> theoretically possible with fiber-to-the-home MUST be duplicated 
> (economically) in the wireless cell networks, obstacles be damned.
> Bert
Bert -

I don't necessarily disagree with anything you said above.   But I
imagine someone will release an iPhone/smartphone ap that allows you to
push a button when disgruntled and send an automatic email to your
congressman and FCC asking for more bandwidth.

- Tom

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