Republican Sticks Up For Broadcasters
Rep. Bonner asks for more even handed approach to spectrum policy
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 3/30/2011 6:35:50 PM
Bonner said that millions rely on free over-the-air television as the primary source of news and information. "I agree that the greater broadband deployment is important," he said. "However, in promoting broadband adoption, it is equally important that Americans continue to receive the benefits promised by the DTV transition."
Bonner pointed to the DTV transition and the government's expenditures on converter boxes, saying that "Americans should not lose reliable access to quality broadcast programming as a result of spectrum policies that could reduce viewer reception of local stations.
The FCC has proposed allowing wireless companies to share broadcast bandwidth and TV stations to share their channels as part of an effort to reclaim spectrum for wireless broadband. Broadcasters are concerned that could leave them with insufficient spectrum or picture quality to offer completive digital services.
The dear congresswoman is correct. Little more needs be said regarding the future of free over-the-air digital TV broadcasting to the public. It continues to puzzle me that broadband-by-wire or optical cable is widely available across the country - but rarely mentioned as an alternative to stripping broadcast TV of their digital spectrum. I use it 24/7 and it works great! Whereas multi-cast digital television which is growing in leaps and bounds and FREE to the public must have access to its WIRELESS distribution system to work at all. Immediate access to Local News, Weather, Information and Entertainment on mobile devices - the most efficient use of the wireless airways known to man!
Richard C. Dean - 4/1/2011 12:26:23 AM EDT
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