Broadband in Every Pot

An interesting article on the possible use of the analog spectrum as a result of the looming DTV transition.*******************
from the Center for Creative Voice in Media Blog

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The LA Times editorializes that in the transition to Digital TV, now scheduled for early 2009, DC policymakers should not resell all the old analog spectrum they get back (if they ever do get it back) from broadcasters. Instead, they should reserve a sliver of spectrum for unlicensed wireless broadband access, bringing affordable broadband to many more Americans. This is even more critical now, with the Brand X decision enabling today's incumbent broadband providers — cable and telcos — to discriminate among content and direct consumers to websites that "pay for play."

Washington should leave some of the reclaimed frequencies open to the public without need for lease or license. With the right technologies and rules to guard against interference, these airwaves could not only enable community-based high-speed Internet services, but provide a laboratory for wireless innovation. By opening a few slivers of the spectrum to unlicensed wireless data services in 1986, the FCC made possible an explosion in Wi-Fi, or wireless fidelity, communication gear and services that continues to this day. The reclaimed analog TV frequencies hold even more promise. Rather than mining every bit for auction revenue, lawmakers should reserve some of the airwaves for whatever services and applications that innovative technologists and community groups can squeeze into them.

Net neutrality and ubiquitous wireless broadband. That's the ticket!

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Full article from LA Times here

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One Response to Broadband in Every Pot

  1. Colin says:

    Thanks for the post Jason.

    The Benton Foundation also has a great report they did on the public interest obligations of digital telvision broadcasters.

    You can read the report here:
    http://www.benton.org/pioguide/index.html

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