This is an older topic, but I wanted to get it out. I'm not writing this to complain, or criticize, only to serve as yet another example of what this
countries government is about. This subject differs only in topic, while it mirrors the US governments ongoing agenda. The agenda to profit at any
cost to its citizenry, regardless the consequences.
I've seen, and heard, much debate on the recent analogue/digital TV conversion, but all of it seems to pertain to cost, or quality. Absent this
discussion is the reason for doing it at all? From the major media sources to the guy on the street, nobody is explaining what motivates this major
adjustment? After all, analogue TV works just fine! Doesn't it?
Analogue is more practical than digital in TV application. While an analogue signal may lose video quality from distance, many times it remains
viewable without effecting audio. In contrast, a digital signal not only has a shorter range, but audio is the first to go from a degraded signal.
Digital is either on, or it's off, so no more fuzzy hockey games with good sound from Canada! Who hasn't watched fuzzy TV? Another thing is the
effect this switch has on people living in rural areas. The shorter distance range of a digital TV signal means many of these folks lost at least some
of the channels they had before. Then there is the cost
So who really made out on this deal? It wasn't the people, analogue TV worked fine and even a portion of it remained free! Networks had to invest
millions to convert. Non American high definition television sales have surely benefited from the switch. As did the sale of millions of converter
boxes, surely made in China. I'm sure there are many new cable and dish subscribers due to this, so those companies benefited, as well. There was,
however, one particular BIG winner in this, the US government, via the Federal Communications Commission [FCC]!
For some twisted reason the American government grants itself complete ownership rights to our airwaves. Along with ownership is the right to sell
this commodity in whole, or in part. The recent switch from analogue to digital television broadcasting freed up all that bandwidth no longer being
used. The significant value of this bandwidth was hardly mentioned or discussed? Nevertheless, bandwidth is highly sought after in our ever growing
wireless world. Since the FCC is controlling this asset and it was just going to be sitting there they decided to sell it. On 3/18/2008, the FCC sold
band at Auction 73 on ebay for
. Not bad for an initial
Although the initial investment was made from taxpayer dollars, no taxpayer will reap any reward from the final outcome. Nor will he benefit from the
manufacturing of the devices needed for it. His cable/dish bill will likely go higher because of it. Taxpayers living in rural areas may even lose
their TV signals?
This was done for profit, just like everything else. The beneficiaries are the usual suspects, just like always. Digital TV was created to cost you,
not help you, just as it always has done.