Stations Face 'Formidable' Spectrum Lobby

Chips

DTVUSA Member
#1
From this article.
http://www.tvnewscheck.com/article/2011/03/02/49484/stations-face-formidable-spectrum-lobby
"It's an uphill fight for broadcasters trying to stall or mitigate the FCC's plan to reclaim a large hunk of broadcast spectrum and repurpose it for wireless broadband. The plan enjoys the backing of some of the biggest names in wireless, consumer electronics and the high-tech world, not to mention the White House and fiscal conservatives on the Hill."
It’s badly needed. In the battle over broadcast spectrum, broadcasters are facing a formidable phalanx of telecommunications, consumer electronics and high-tech companies and their powerful Washington lobbies. Included are some of the biggest names in American industry today: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, Google, Intel, Cisco Systems and Microsoft.

Their businesses all have a stake in wireless broadband and they all have a covetous eye on broadcast spectrum, believing they can put it to much better use than TV stations.

AT&T alone is a force to be reckoned with. According to OpenSecrets.org, which tracks political influence in Washington, AT&T’s political action committee donations from 1989 to 2010 were more than $46 million, making it the second largest PAC of 140 top donors. The NAB, by contrast, ranked 125 with roughly $8.2 million in contributions.

“This is a very much David versus Goliath. The broadcast industry is very small in comparison to the wireless industry and its vendors,” says John Hane, a broadcast attorney who has been following the action on spectrum closely since the FCC first broached its plan in the fall of 2009.
I hate to say this, but really looks like the end to OTA the way we know it today.
 

MrPogi

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#2
Contributors to the demise of OTA: we need to remember - Pay TV. They don't want the spectrum for themselves, but they sure would love to see the competition go away. The best part for them is they don't have to look like the bad guys or even lobby: Someone else is doing their evil bidding for them.
 

n2rj

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Staff member
#3
Contributors to the demise of OTA: we need to remember - Pay TV. They don't want the spectrum for themselves, but they sure would love to see the competition go away. The best part for them is they don't have to look like the bad guys or even lobby: Someone else is doing their evil bidding for them.
And with this it is key to remember - Verizon and AT&T are in the pay TV business too. Even if they don't offer it themselves, they partner with other providers.
 

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