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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.
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