Lessons from my Long Week with Sandy

…It is a black mark on the record of FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski that he almost willfully refuses to see the full value of what TV stations do in emergencies. He will occasionally praise broadcasters for the service, but it’s all talk. He has done nothing to strengthen the medium by, say, relaxing ownership rules or by imposing a moratorium on new regulations.

In fact, he has weakened it by suggesting that it is obsolete and by failing to recognize that much of its current vitality comes from its over-the-air signals. He seems to regard broadcasting as a loosely guarded spectrum warehouse that can be periodically raided for spectrum for wireless carriers. [Read More]

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