Re: The FCC: A Study In Futility
I totally agree that huge sums of money being waved in the face of any government agency is cause for alarm. The more I read about the spectrum situation, the more it seems that the ideal way to proceed is to wipe the board clean and start over, carving capacity up logically and providing leases for ongoing payment with the caveat that the FCC can with sufficient notice take back underutilized spectrum -- which of course is completely infeasible.
This is intruiging: "Within the existing digital television broadcast there is a mobile service that could be implemented in virtually any hand held smart device with the simple addition of a DTV tuner. Many of the hand sets delivered to Europe have their DVB T2 tuners built in so it is not a manufacturing issue. The problem is that the service providers won't enable the tuners because they cannot charge for the data that is delivered via the over the air broadcast. In the US the carriers have takes such a strong position against the inclusion of tuners that the manufacturers won't even put them in."
Isn't that just prolonging the current broadcast model of "you will watch what we decide to program, when we decide to run it." On-demand aside, it seems clear that the future is on-demand "pull" model of content, not the current "push" model. Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon's Prime programming.
I did look to find out how many household use over-the-air signals. The latest study I saw was about 19.3%. Compare that to the number carrying smartphones, 56%.