Pitts pitches value of broadcast television to FCC chair

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“The finest communications system in the world relies on both free, over-the-air broadcast television and high speed broadband services,” wrote Rep. Joseph R. Pitts (R-PA) in a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. “Accordingly, I write today to state my view that spectrum policies will best serve the public if they allow for a continued and robust local broadcast television service along with broadband services.”

Pitts is a member in good standing of the House Committee of Energy and Commerce, which takes the lead on most Capitol Hill matters that involve the FCC.

Pitts reminded Genachowski that millions rely on OTA television for news, info and entertainment, and also that broadcasters are just beginning to turn digital technology into increased service and choice for consumers.

Why did we go to all the trouble, he wonders, to get digital-to-analog converter boxes out to those who needed them during the DTV transition two years ago if FCC policy was going to minimize digital television broadcasting down the road?
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