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FCC may play Robin Hood taking form rich broadcasters and giving to the poor mobile broadband providers

The FCC is considering many ways to increase the amount of available wireless spectrum to be had for wireless broadband service. According to the FCC and others, the country is already facing a looming shortage of airwaves to support broadband.

One of the plans on the table for the FCC to consider would have it taking back a portion of the airwaves that TV broadcasters are currently using and auctioning those off to wireless broadband providers. Blair Levin, the person in charge of crafting the FCC national broadband plan said, "The record is very clear that we're facing a looming spectrum gap."

It is not clear at this early stage if the proposal to take some of the airwaves away from TV broadcasters will make it to the final FCC national broadband plan or not. The final plan is set to be released in January. What is clear is that if the taking back of broadcaster airwaves does make the final plan, broadcasters will fight.

The National Association of Broadcasters spokesman Dennis Wharton said, "[The NAB] believes it is imperative that policy makers explore spectrum efficiency choices that don't limit consumer access to the full potential of digital broadcasting."

The FCC would not simply take the airwaves away and would reportedly spend about $12 billion to buy the airwaves back and $9 billion to move homes using OTA TV to digital or subscription services. However, the auction for the reclaimed spectrum would net the FCC as much as $62 billion.

The homes relying on these airwaves are also likely to be among those that just purchased new TVs or converter boxes during the digital transition that happened this summer adding more confusion and expense for them. Wharton continued saying, "CEA's study ignores the immeasurable public benefit of a vibrant free and local broadcasting system that is ubiquitous, reliable as a lifeline service in times of emergency, and flexible enough to include HDTV, diverse multicast programming and mobile DTV."

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RE: Half the Story
By Taft12 on 10/28/2009 10:46:12 AM , Rating: 5
That's a pretty serious claim with no evidence presented to back it up. Got any?

RE: Half the Story
By RandallMoore on 10/28/2009 11:30:25 AM , Rating: 2
I'm guessing you don't keep current with national news...

The white house has been singling out Fox for quite a while now. Get with the program bud...

RE: Half the Story
By bissimo on 10/28/2009 11:36:42 AM , Rating: 5
Again, this is just rhetoric. Where is the proof that that this is aimed at shutting down Fox News? Isn't Fox News a cable channel? Do they use FCC-regulated airwaves in any way? Normally only local channels use OTA transmission.

Sounds like the only "national news" reporting this story is probably Fox News. As usual, they're creating a controversy where there is none so that they and reactionaries like yourself can feel like martyrs that the "liberal establishment" has in their cross hairs.

RE: Half the Story
By praktik on 10/28/2009 12:02:41 PM , Rating: 1
Those poor, victimized conservatives.

America has been on a long journey. The slavery of the blacks, the reconstruction era, "the yellow peril", women getting the vote, equal rights for gays - the story of America is one of prejudice overcome by righteousness.

And now we have one festering sore of prejudice left to overcome: the unjust, ubiquitous persecution of conservatives.

Many years from now, we're going to look back at this era, with the persecution of Fox News, Limbaugh and conservatives generally and say to ourselves: "how far we've come!". We'll ask each other: "What did YOU do to stop this injustice?"

Luckily there are a few posters here who will have an answer to that: "I personally advocated for the downtrodden conservatives on the comments section of tech-websites, long a cog in the anti-conservative agenda".

School texts will have a chapter on slavery, a chapter on sexism, and one really long and detailed one on that last bastion of discrimination: the story of the repressed conservatives.

Victims all - just as much as the enslaved blacks.

RE: Half the Story
By Screwballl on 10/28/2009 1:14:30 PM , Rating: 2
I think you have this backwards, there is one main peril left to overcome: the socialist/communist liberals that are taking away our freedoms by the handful every day.

The future cause from liberal interference was already covered by South Park: (sarcasm)

Don't forget Aesop and his ant (conservative) and liberal (grasshoper) fables:

Don't forget Bush's house compared to the liberal Al Gore's house and tell me who is more suited to actually lead this country toward better environmental policies:

What is something that gets bigger, the more you take away from it? The hole liberals and "centrists" have dug this country into.

RE: Half the Story
By praktik on 10/28/09, Rating: 0
RE: Half the Story
By RandallMoore on 10/28/2009 11:59:48 PM , Rating: 2
Dude, please shut up. You are an idiot.

RE: Half the Story
By RandallMoore on 10/28/2009 11:52:03 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure you feel quite good about yourself now that you think you are right. I watch the news. I watch all factions of the news. The white house has been purposefully bashing Fox news and known conservatives ever since our great dictator took office. If you think that they aren't trying to control free speech then your are quite simply put, "a f#$&%@# retard."

Liberal agenda is destroying this nation. Nationalized health care is just the beginning if we let this happen. The majority of Fox news is DEAD SET AGAINST national health care. Does it not seem logical that they are in their cross hairs?

RE: Half the Story
By praktik on 10/28/2009 11:45:14 AM , Rating: 2

Here they are folks, anti-Obamaites are the new 9/11 Truthers.

And if you don't agree with them and ask for *evidence* - you're a sheeple!

Randall, Obama is working on a mind-reading device and I hear the only defence is aluminum foil. just wrap it around that precious cerebrum of yours!

RE: Half the Story
By RandallMoore on 10/29/2009 2:08:00 PM , Rating: 1
The Obama koolaid in your refrigerator is getting low. You need to make a new batch and have him stir it up with his dick of salvation.

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