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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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Government takeover
By Looey on 10/28/2009 11:14:55 AM , Rating: -1
Obama has taken over GM, Chrysler and banking for starters. Now, he wants to shut down free over the air TV. Obama wants to control the media. Obama can't take critcism or anyone who disagrees with him. Obama has a hit list that includes a cable channel and the Chamber of Commerce.

The FCC chief is nothing more than a mouthpiece who gets his orders from Obama or his czars. He doesn't know squat about the job he has.

Who will this takeover benefit? Google will be the benefactor of this frequency spectrum grab. Google wants to be the only source for people to turn to for information. Google will do whatever Obama orders. Now if Obama could eliminate everyone except Google he might get 50% of the people to like him (again).

RE: Government takeover
By unableton on 10/28/2009 11:26:17 AM , Rating: 2
Hey that's odd, you're not Reclaimer77...

RE: Government takeover
By Reclaimer77 on 10/28/2009 11:36:15 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah I hate to tell ya, but there's lot's of people out there besides me that see what's going on today. Sorry you aren't one of them.

RE: Government takeover
By praktik on 10/28/2009 11:46:24 AM , Rating: 3
Laziest rhetorical trick in the book.

You don't agree with me because you've rationally appraised the evidence and come to a diverging conclusion. You don't agree with me because you are BLIND and cannot see!!

RE: Government takeover
By RandomUsername3463 on 10/28/2009 11:39:58 AM , Rating: 2
What's really interesting is when you consider the H1N1 vaccine. If you actually look at the dose packaging, the Google logo is stamped on the bottom. Anyone with a brain can see this is one huge government conspiracy & google is playing along with them.

RE: Government takeover
By JediJeb on 10/28/2009 11:54:24 AM , Rating: 2
A news story today mentioned that prison inmates are getting H1N1 vaccine allocated to them when it could be going to the school children around the country. Seems to me some priorities are getting mixed up.

RE: Government takeover
By HrilL on 10/28/2009 12:45:18 PM , Rating: 2
Its all about money. It cost the government more if prisoner get sick and it cost them a lot less if children do. Likely their parents have insurance coverage that will cover the costs of the children getting sick.

Also H1N1 could spread very fast in a prison setting so the costs could be astronomical if they have an outbreak.

Just like how education budgets are the first to get slashed whenever a government needs more money. They should see things differently. If you spend a lot on education its like investing on the future because with more educated people the economy is likely to grow bigger and thus produce more tax money.

RE: Government takeover
By DotNetGuru on 10/28/2009 8:02:34 PM , Rating: 1

This is not a government takeover of industry. This is politicians doing as they are told by their controllers in the Banking/'financial services' world.

Big Business and bankers (as they always have) control this whole dance. Stuff politicians' pockets and wait for handouts or favorable policy decicions.

Help everyone buy a home? Sure, when banks make 40% on your mortgage. New cars for all? Sure, when nobody pays cash, banks make money on interest loans. Every dollar printed cost $1 + interest, so if you want to be pissed about something, put on your tin-foil hat and start researching the Federal Reserve. Interest/inflation devalues your money. (They're robbing you without touching those paper bills in your wallet.)

The news media is a joke. They're just entertaining the cows between milkings. I was raised in a conservative family, but it is embarrassing to listen to the stuff Faux news has convinced otherwise decent Americans to take as truth. Oh here's another for your tinfoil hat studies: Google (or bing) "Bush new-world-order conspiracy"

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