Originally Posted by Ken H
I'm not sure anyone knows what is really happening as far as lobbying goes on behalf of local broadcasters. Yes, some of it is obvious, but I'd bet there is a lot going on we aren't aware of.
Yeah, Ken, that's pretty much my concern, as well. For that matter the fact that this IS such a NON-story on the networks and local channels (except for a few, brief mentions about the Obama Administration having some sort of national broadband plan they were looking to implement very early in the year on the network news, which were VERY short on details, I've seen nor heard NOTHING) almost has my "conspiracy hackles" rising.
I have to say that even were such a conspiracy to turn out to be the broadcasters buying up all the spectrum, themselves, and telling (or trying to tell) the FCC where to get off, as Ken suggested, I'm not sure I'd be on board with THAT, either. Like most folks, I'm just not big on conspiracies, period (and NO, I'm not one of those conspiracy nuts who sees one around every corner -- but I'm always WARY of them).
I conceive it as entirely plausible there are at least "forces" within the broadcasting community (perhaps some of the companies that own large numbers of local stations, for instance), who are in very secret meetings with some of the cellular companies looking at ways to strike "power-bargains" that will put them at some sort of competitive advantage in emerging technologies. It's possible even the entire broadcast industry (except for perhaps the smallest players) is engaged in something like this, and doesn't want to show its hand until deals are done and everything is "in place," so to speak. If this sort of thing IS
true, it certainly might go a very long way towards explaining just WHY we're not seeing any sort of news or editorial coverage over the possibility of OTA TV losing 41% of its broadcast signal.
I sure hope that's not the case, because I suspect no matter who would win in such a scenario, the consumer would definitely LOSE.