FCC Sends Economically Challenged Bill Lake To NAB To Defend Spectrum Auctions


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From The Original Article:
Bill Lake of the Federal Communications Commission was part of the panel. So was Alan Frank of Post-Newsweek Stations, who joked that had the government shut down, Lake would not have been able to attend.

“I’m wondering now if he doesn’t wish it would have shut down,” Frank said after Lake took a bit of a brickbatting over the FCC’s plan...

“We don’t have to be right about our projections,” Lake said. “If there isn’t a demand for spectrum, then it won’t get sold.”
Read More: TVB | 2011 NAB: Broadcasters Press FCC's Lake for Incentive Auction Details

I wonder if Bill Lake has ever heard of a little company called De Beers. De Beers controls almost all of the worlds supply of diamonds. Diamonds aren't expensive because they are truly rare, but only because De Beers controls most of the supply and hasn't shyed away of using gangland tactics to maintain that control. Just because AT&T and Verizon may be willing to scarf up all the spectrum made available for auction doesn't mean that they have any real need for it, only that, if they buy it up it won't be available for competing services like mobile DTV video and data, or locally owned WISPs. Unfortunately demand isn't always driven by need. Speculation and hoarding are real problems, and since they can "use" it without actually needing it there is no way to really guard against hoarding. Add to that, that the uncertainty surrounding the future of broadcast spectrum is driving down the perceived value of broadcast licenses, and you see how economically ignorant the FCC is, or how ignorant they think the rest of us are.
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From that slanted, misleading article:

"From the days of analog signals, television bands leave broad spaces between stations to prevent interference — hence, their inefficiency. For cable TV or satellite viewers, airwave changes make no difference in reception. But for the 11 million households that still use an antenna to receive over-the-air signals (and thus do not subscribe to cable or satellite) there could be some interference between stations as the F.C.C. tries to press TV signals into a tighter spectrum bands."

Locally, the transmitters for channels 38 and 39 are physically within about 1,000 feet of each other and I have not heard on a single instance of adjacent channel interference. Both are Network affiliates, each broadcasting with nearly one million watts output.

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