7/30/2010 8:38 AM
McAdams On: The Spectral Looming Crisis
I'm a broadcaster but I agree with the need for better wireless broadband. I also agree that Verizon gouges the market for broadband access, as do cable providers, quite simply because they have us over a barrel with (currently) the best infrastructures in place.
However, the mis-information that, in most markets, elimination of terrestrial broadcast would solve the problem is pure folly. The fact is, that most people who make the decisions about spectrum know precious little about it. And the ones out there that do understand, are not very forthcoming or do not have a proper platform for disseminating their data.
The truth is, with current technology, one broadcast station can transmit only about 19.3-19.5 Mb/s with their DTV broadcasts. So, does that mean that the 5 OTA stations in this market are keeping roughly 100 people from each getting their 1Mb/s? Are we really hogging that much spectrum? Seriously?
I think we need to rethink and reassess the available spectrum once more. And I thought I'd dealt with everything when I was forced to ditch all my newer 700Mhz wireless microphones... Thanks FCC.