Originally posted by Rich Peterson
I just can't sit back and read this doom-and-gloom broadcaster junk without commenting. It takes quite an imagination to assume someone or some organization has a "real agenda to elminate all legacy users of spectrum and re-farm it out". Who are you accusing of this conspiracy? Why do they want to do it? How can you ignore the social and political consequences of the loss of free OTA television if it were to happen?
Folks, traditional television will be here for a long long time. And the receivers work for the vast majority of viewers. Relax and enjoy
Okay from the top:
1. Broadcast Flag mandate- Broadcasters are to be held liable if the content they transmit somehow ends up on the Internet.
2. Must carry- debate- Stations that generate new additional content are blocked from 75% of their potential audience.
3. BPL vs HAM Radio users and all legacy users below 30 Mhz. ( see BPL information at http://www.arrl.org
4. AM radio was forced to install high frequency filters to reduce audio quality in the 1990s under the promise that radio receivers would be improved with better audio processing to make up for the loss.. didn't happen..
5. Clear Channel recently ordered all its AM stations not running music programming to reduce their audio bandwidth to 5 kHz. and 6 kHz for the music stations. They have also stated they are going to push to make this a national mandate.
6. Look at how many community radio stations have been transfered to nationwide conglomerates.
7. The only requirement is a single FTA DTV program stream at least as good as the analog ...what about when the analog is gone?
The goal of the FCC has changed.. its new role is revenue oriented:
The old services eat spectrum and that spectrum is worth money to Congress.. so to get the spectrum back (so they can auction it) they have to remove the old users..
Kinda like what was done in the 1800's with the Native Americans..