4/26/2011 6:28 AM
McAdams On: Broadband Over Power Lines
I feel you are standing in a desert, wind howling in your face, shouting the truth to an indifferent universe. Everything you say is correct, especially the part about determination by the various Washington powers-that-be to provide a handful of big operators whatever they ask for, then help them load it into the car.
I have sympathized with the hams over this before, but you make a convincing case that they are not only a handful of hobbyists threatened with partial degradation of a portion of their ancestral spectral playground, but also willful concealers of technological solutions that will nullify their concerns. If BPL will leave consumers with more truly free spectrum, I am at a loss to conceive of a justification for ignoring BPL other than naked greed--politicians waiting to feel a thick envelope from a, um, friend, sliding into an inside coat pocket. Since hams haven't been players in that league since Barry Goldwater, skepticism is the appropriate reaction.
In another post, you pointed out that the dollar amount in play in processes like spectrum auctions--where "in play" refers to actual money going into the U.S. Treasury to avoid honestly raising taxes to the levels necessary to support a welfare/warrior state--is so trivial that it isn't even a credible attempt at a justification for seizing broadcasters' workspace. That ties in with this issue, of course--making as much money as you can, because, as we all know, he who dies with the most money wins.
Or is it Tupperware? I forget.