Originally Posted by lexviewer
HDTV4usinky how would you solve the problem of providing more bandwidth so everyone can use their iPhones to access the internet wherever they are?
1. Replace the FCC commissioners with engineers that understand RF (duh)
2. Conduct an inventory of the spectrum
3. Any reduction of TV spectrum must preserve the current 6MHz so that television can broadcast in HD or multichannel or mobile.
4. Inform viewers in outlying areas that currently receive free TV that they will be forced to cable or (more likely) satellite and give them a chance to respond.
5. After a well thought out plan is constructed that minimizes the impact on both broadcasters and rural viewers, compact the spectrum. The best way to do this is to have all stations broadcast from one tower on consecutive channels. I don't have a clue how you would incorporate KET into this plan, they occupy more spectrum in Kentucky than any other broadcaster.
(a) The government needs to reimburse the broadcasters for the cost associated with this rechannel. Expect this to be at least a million bucks per station for retuning the transmitter, replacing the RF system, and replacing the antenna. There will likely be several towers replaced or modified to hold additional antennas due to necessary co-location, along with new lease expenses.
(b) It would be best to maintain a standby tower in each community. Towers fail, transmitters catch fire.... One thing broadcasters currently do very well is provide communications in an emergency.
6. Reduce broadcast power to about 250 kW. This allows for urban reception along with reception at satellite and cable HEs. Force the satellite companies to allow redistribution at distant cable HEs that are no longer able to receive a clean broadcast. There will also be a need to relax the COL rules due to this power reduction.
7. In distant communities, relax rules for broadcast tv repeater systems.
8. The result of compacting spectrum is more "white space" It would be easy to have a smartphone locate itself using its current allotted frequency, and then switch to the new channels that are available in an area.
9. Relax the rules on broadcast TV so that they are more inline with cable and satellite channels. It's silly to "compel" everyone to cable or satellite where nudity and the f bomb are everywhere, while levying fines on broadcast. This "give and take" attitude might make the broadcasters more willing to bend. The current FCC attitude feels much more like "take and take"
Okay I'm not an FCC commissioner, and I haven't thought about this for more than a few minutes, but rushing into a "fix" for anything (broadband, health care, whatever) is a horrible idea. Slow down and think this through!