WoW! Or, should that be Whoa! The FCC's jurisdiction is directed by Congress. The FCC tuner mandate was to a good degree an attempt to undo the massive harm done by the previous FCC "Commish"... Broadcasters (certainly this one!) has been very much concerned with viability. As we have learned, politics has had entirely TOO MUCH to say about how this transition has NOT happened. As to the insinuation that "we" are in the same position as Cable and Satellite...read the tea leaves. CEA is serving the 85%...could care LESS about OTA! Not "sign up" bonus, no continuing revenue, just good "old fashioned" FREE OTA. Greed is behind much of this. Gets me back to the start...politics, and who is buying what from whom for promises of ??? NAB no longer caries the clout because they decided a LONG time ago to spend political capital on short-term results with long-term (read negative) impact! I ask, where is the technical leadership? Where are the visionaries? Where is the political leadership? NAB?!? Yeah, right, got it! Mark the other one that has done his best along with the rest... PS It would be much different if Broadcasters had collective bargaining. I guess we will just have to wait for the possible "un doing" of Cable by ala carte to get somewhere ;^) It is happening, and a whole new game is underfoot if it continues. Manfredi, Albert E wrote: >John Shutt wrote: > > > >>Bert, >> >>I ask again, who is the "we" that you claim p*ssed away >>all this time, and over what indecision? >> >> > >The motivation for shutoff of analog TV is mostly to >redistribute spectrum for other uses. So it's the >government's responsibility, the FCC having jurisdiction. >The existence of a "tuner mandate" and the timetable for >its implementation are both heavily dependent on FCC >leadership. > >So the "we" refers mostly to govt, as in "we, the people." > > > >>Your old refrain is that broadcasters failed to get into >>the receiver manufacturing business so it is they who >>p*ssed away the time, right? >> >> > >That too, but it's secondary. Broadcasters aren't the ones >interested in reclaiming spectrum. But certainly, >broadcasters ought to be interested in the continued >viability, or maybe even growth(?) of their businesses. If >it was obvious to me that CE manufacturers were not coming >through on their promised product introductions, it should >have been far more obvious those whose businesses depend >on these products. > >Are cable and DBS companies in the "receiver manufacturing >business," John? I don't think so. And yet, they do take an >interest in making sure the boxes they depend on are >available and meet *their* requirements. As long as >broadcasters are entrusted with their own dedicated >distribution medium, I'm not sure I understand why the same >responsibility would not apply to them? > >Evidently, your NAB agrees. > >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. > > > -- ><> ><> ><> ><> ><> ><> ><> Regards, Mark A. Aitken Director, Advanced Technology <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< <>< =================================== Sinclair Broadcast Group 10706 Beaver Dam Road Hunt Valley, MD 21030 Business TEL: (410) 568-1535 Business MOBILE: (443) 677-4425 Business FAX: (410) 568-1580 E-mail: maitken@xxxxxxxxxx Text PAGE: page.maitken@xxxxxxxxxx HTML PAGE: 4436774425@xxxxxxxxxx www.newscentral.tv www.sbgi.net =================================== If mankind were to resolve to agree in no institution of government, until every part of it had been adjusted to the most exact standard of perfection, society would soon become a general scene of anarchy, and the world a desert. ~ ~ ~ Alexander Hamilton ~ ~ ~ =================================== CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email message and any files transmitted with it contain confidential information intended only for the person(s) to whom this email message is addressed. If you have received this email message in error, please notify the sender immediately by telephone or email and destroy the original message without making a copy. Thank you. *********************************** ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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.