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End broadcast TV! Airwaves should be used for Nationalized neutral wireless broadband internet only.

There is no real reason to continue broadcast TV as we know it, anolog or digital, and the broadband system should be built and maintained by and for the people, just like our highways. As it stands only a small percentage of the wealthy few have access to and control the media. The internet is the great equalizer, if Fox or NBC (General Electric) want to broadcast their media they can use their websites like everyone else. Any media you need (or want) can be offered online, and if you want your programing mixed and played for you (which is all that a broadcast TV station really does anymore) you can pay for a cable or satelitte service to provide it. This would immediately desolve a large portion of the influence and advantage corporate biased media now have and could garner in the future with the recent Supreme Court ruling.

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Strongly, strongly object to the demand to kill over-the-air (OTA) broadcast TV.

        The FCC should terminate the licenses of OTA licensees who do NOT provide, at minimum, 90 minutes per day of local community-oriented and community-based content, such as local news and public affairs programming. Far too many OTA stations pathetically fail to do, simply running 24-hour-per day syndicated programming (such as the ION owned-and-operated stations) or shopping (ShopNBC) or vast amounts of "informercials". Those types of stations do NOT deserve to hog the public airspace. But for those of us who use an antenna to receive OTA broadcasts, we should not be punished because some jerks out there - who probably are stooges for technology firms - think it would be dandy to kill OTA broadcast TV in order to give away that airspace bandwidth, on the cheap, to use for cell phones or other "innovations".

        Remember, when Congress shoved their poorly-conceived Digital TV Transition down our throats with the inferior ATSC transmission standard instead of the superior DVB-T standard developed and adopted in Europe, they yanked away channels 52 to 69 as well as (for practical purposes) channels 2 to 6. Post-transition, many OTA broadcasters where shoved into a narrower range of channels, creating "co-channel interference" and "adjacent channel interference" havoc in many of the more densely-populated urban areas of the nation.

      • Molly PitcherMolly Pitcher commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        ...and you will never have "neutrality" in speech. This is only another ploy to get big government more and more into our lives because they would have to take it over eventually. Let the tweeked geeks have their sophisticated equipment -if they can pay for it. As for me, I'll stick with broadcast, mainly the local since I do rely on that for important things like weather, etc.

      • Molly PitcherMolly Pitcher commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        No way! I have never had cable, nor do I want it. I'll take my converterbox and antenna over cable or dish any day.I know people who are getting rid of cable because it's too expensive and you get alot of junk with only a few good channels. The sports empires would like us all to get it because they want more money and get more than they would from network TV. I remember when ALL our ballgames were aired over local affiliate networks. People are tired of all the claptrap. The airwaves should be free. And we DO know where we can get straight info, as we KNOW the talking heads on the main three nightly news are just handing out the same old dribble. Besides internet, there's RADIO!!!!

      • Chris CouchChris Couch commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I strongly disagree too! I drop my cable because it cost too much, and I bought a digital converter HD, it is way better than cable tv!

      • PeachesPeaches commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Free speech... access to information... I cannot agree... However I am sick and tired of paying for hundreds of channels that hold no interest or are bias such as Spanish speaking stations or other foregein language stations - CNN covers international news. Packaged media is a huge problem which drives up the cost and therefore access... personally I don't want to pay anyone for shopping stations, religious stations, foregien speaking... if you don't speak english and live in the USA you should pay extra for those stations, I don't want to pay for it. I'm sick of reruns of sitcoms, the same movies or general propoganda. I don't want shopping networks and I can go to church if I want christian doctrine which I don't practice - why do I have to pay for it? Why do I have to receive it at all... I'm part of the public, why are Christian stations "public interest" when it's outragiously bias... So sick of garbage programing that I'm forced to pay a premium price for.

      • Hal HancockHal Hancock commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The problem with removing broadcast TV is for instance several million older viewers that have old televisions and digital converter boxes, and rely on such services as local weather forecasts or news (including for instance the PBS Newshour). Many lower income people simply could not afford to get a $300 computer and pay a minimum of $20 or $25 a month for the internet access. Eliminating broadcast would simply cut these people off.

      • chuychuy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I strongly disagree. Many low-income persons only have free broadcast TV service as they cant afford cable, satellite or in many cases internet svc. The public's airwaves should continue to remain in the service of the public.

      • rwbrwb commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Quick addendum. These firms are by default dumb pipes, they provide a service to facilitates our communication but it is our communication not theirs. For instance they have no right to collect our speech and words for resale or claim ownership of them and no right that could ever be accepted to sell our private speech or pass it along for gain when it would damage us- current rules may be out of date but there is a limit to what any public can accept in the way of harm and injustice.

        On the other hand when people as individual citizens buy something they are going to use it as they see fit, edit out commercials etc..- short of making a profit by spreading it and regardless of missguided laws- they may even give it away. When it comes to speech real speech not debt as speech engaged in by a fraud of personhood, money and profit do not matter at all.

      • rwbrwb commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I couldn't agree more that broadcast TV needs to go away. Its a pile of brainwashing and propaganda that is destroying out society.

        While we are at it we should be very clear that neutrality is speech. Can we imagine AT&T claiming that it should be party to our private conversations or be able to interject in our conversations? Can we imagine a local toll road operator closed to our home trying insist on having a say in who can visit our homes? Relative to our rights as a public and our need to be able to communicate especially on political issues the profit concerns and motives (regardless of precedent) have no weight. We as a public own these markets outright.

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