[time-nuts] TV White Spaces and wasted spectrum

gary lists at lazygranch.com
Thu Jun 30 21:19:39 UTC 2011

The broadcasters don't pay for spectrum, at least like the wireless 
companies do. Broadcasters serve the public in exchange for their use of 
the airwaves. They pay a nominal fee for their license, but hey, so do hams.

Part of the problem is the original VHF stations lobbied to stay VHF 
after the move. You could give them 3 UHF licenses and simulcast, and 
still get more spectrum than the current plan.

Can't argue with you on satellite.

On 6/30/2011 2:00 PM, John Green wrote:
> Quote:
> That is the "white space" plan. It is still active. It is an attempt to use
> wasted TV bandwidth.
> TV bandwidth is a waste. It is not a growing business. However, the MS
> scheme is kind of dumb. The gear would sniff the ether and automatically use
> the spectrum. They should really just refarm the spectrum.
> I think the broadcasters are just waiting for the right price for their
> spectrum. Over the air broadcasting doesn't reach that many people any more.
> When the switch to digital occurred, all the stations around here reduced
> power. Most by 10 Db. Stations that used to have a good picture in analog
> mode now either aren't at all or reception is spotty. I changed to
> satellite. In my view, the switch to digital wasn't progress.
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