Minority, public TV viewers face greatest threat in FCC auction

This commentary first appeared on the blog of Convergence Services, Inc. and is reprinted with the permission of the author.

The news that Sesame Street is migrating from PBS to HBO is not the only indicator this summer that an economic divide may be widening within the American viewing public.

Audience data indicate that two segments of the U.S. population will be hit especially hard by the upcoming FCC auction selling off television airwaves to wireless carriers: minorities, especially Latinos, and public television viewers. Where these two large groups of Americans overlap will be “ground zero” of this government-engineered shift from free, over-the-air television to a data plan near you.

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