FCC Votes 5-0 To Approve Rulemaking


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Ultimately all this does is gives broadcasters, who share channels, must carry and retrans rights. Remember that NTIA has identified 2080 MHz of spectrum, other than TV spectrum that could be made available for mobile broadband within the next 10 years, and that 616 MHz of that is reserved for the federal government. Please write your representatives and ask them to introduce, sponsor, and support legislation that will permanently protect broadcast TV spectrum.



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More Details On The Vote

"Beginning with FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, the shout-outs to broadcasting--even as the FCC was voting to open up the entire broadcast band to mobile and fixed broadband use--came thick and fast. Copps said that he approached the FCC's notice of proposed rulemaking on spectrum with "cautious optimism." The "caution" part was that he was not sure that that either legislative action or economic conditions would allow for the FCC to adopt the "full range" of spectrum proposals in the National Broadband Plan. But it was also because he said he was "mightily interested" in the future of broadcasting and the value of free-over-the-air TV (FOTA) to the nation. Copps used the opportunity to encourage more broadcasters to use their DTV allocations for public interest multicasting. He said that that not nearly enough broadcaster had done so, and that if more of them had, he said he would have had "little interest" in contemplating other uses of the broadcast spectrum.

Copps said the FCC would have to balance the needs of broadcast and broadband. He said there was general consensus that more spectrum was needed for broadband, but that he was not sure that auctioning off massive amounts of it to wireless would not necessarily result in better service or prices. (Amen brother)

Senior Republican Robert McDowell said he remained mindful of the public interest benefits that broadcasters deliver and said whatever the FCC does must leave incumbent broadcasters with viable opportunities to do their own experimenting with a mix of new services "including traditional broadcast service."

He said he had not reached any conclusion about the approach of channel sharing, and said the commission needed to understand the "full ramifications" of moving broadcasters from the UHF to VHF band.

Chairman Genachowski focused on the spectrum broadcasters weren't making use of. He said that that while some broadcasters had seixed the opportunity to use their DTV spectrum for other uses like mobile DTV, others had not. He likened them to trains with a fixed number of boxcars but with many boxcars empty. The need for that spectrum was too great for it to be used inefficiently. He also said the fact that less than 10% of broadcast TV is actually viewed over the air was another inefficiency."


Genachowski of course is using old numbers like the cable pansy we know him to be... The time has come to save yourself, your friends, and your neighbors from the cable monster. TV is free! Let's all work together to keep it that way!!!
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Just prior to casting his vote, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski repeated his belief that finding more spectrum for broadband was critical. “If we don’t act to update our spectrum policies for the 21st century, we are going to run into a wall — a spectrum crunch — that will stifle American innovation and economic growth and cost us the opportunity to lead the world in mobile communications.”
More like they want to control the flow of information. The past few days with the wikileaks fiasco should show everyone just what their real intentions are.
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