What do small businesses and over-the-air digital TV have to do with each other? You'd be surprised.Read Column
Clearly, the property rights of everyone else involved with media is being protected. Hollywood gets to keep their royalties, the cable company gets to keep their fees, AT&T gets to put a cap on monthly data quantity yet AT&T’s Uverse TV is free of the data cap. The only ones getting screwed are the owners of the spectrum, namely the citizens. Should the citizen’s property ever be ceded over to the Telco companies, our elected officials shall know the fury of antenna viewers. The outrage will come from not only those who rely solely on over the air reception, but those have other TV services and antenna TV. It is absurd to count only viewers who rely solely on antenna TV.
Despite the FCC’s OTARD rules, the cable and Telco companies still have a huge admittance advantage. My cousin for example, lives in a first floor condo. His only “legal” option is an indoor antenna for ATSC reception. For better reception, he could mount an outside antenna on his exclusive roof mounted air compressor, but has no “legal” way to connect the antenna from the roof to the first floor condo TV. The cable company has a large chase from the roof down to the first floor for their cables only. Despite the lessor performance, he did cut the cable and is happy he does not have to deal with the cable company again. Should the FCC broaden the ORTAD rules many more would be able to cut the cable.
As you pointed out, internet HDTV sucks and a poor substitute for free over the air HDTV reception, and is a fast way of using up your monthly data cap. Picture freezes, shudders, down-rez problems are all common with internet TV, especially HDTV internet content. Antenna TV provides quality HDTV without all the internet stuff; no tracking cookies, tracking software, spyware, privacy intrusions, key loggers and other nasty internet demons. Even Apple snuck in an APP to secretly track your movements for one of their devices. Is there any doubt that the same or worse will not happen on a broader scale with additional spectrum?