TELL THE TRUTH! TV & LOW POWER TV CAN ALREADY IMPLEMENT YOUR NATL BROADBAND PLAN!!!
Dear FCC and Fellow Citizen,
I am the owner of low power TV station, KZJW-LD. To set straight the record: TV broadcasters can already do everything your National Broadband Plan can do. That is right: it could already be done!
TV Stations via FCC Rule 73.624 and low power TV Stations via FCC Rule 74.790 already have the authority to implement the entire National Broadband Plan. We can even add a 3650 MHz license to our TV/LPTV stations and connect it all together across the nation. The 3650 license is less than $75. We only need to have the internet service providers, cellphone companies, or telephone companies to provide interface equipment and you'd already be enjoying it! Why the hold out? The FCC has you and everyone else buffaloed into thinking that this is something new or special...why? So they can auction spectrum! We (broadcasters) would love nothing more than lease our excess capacity, but that makes us money, not the government (OK, actually, the government profits via FCC Form 317 fees, taxes, etc.).
Why should you consider the Plan a farce? First, let's look at this past few year's auctions. They've been a huge disappointment for the FCC, not bringing in as much as the FCC thought. Second, most - if not all - of this "Plan" can already be executed. Third, a broadcaster with a thirty to one hundred mile wide signal diameter has a much greater signal footprint than any cellphone tower, so our infrastructure is actually the most efficient means of deploying this "Plan."
Folks, the bottom line is that this whole "Plan" is a red-herring. You want the Plan, tell the broadband industry to approach TV/LPTV broadcasters with the correct equipment and a reasonable lease offer and we'll take it (it is, after all, a steady source of revenue during uncertain times). We can have this done way faster than the FCC ever could.
James E. Whedbee, M.Ed.