Kim Hart and Brooks Boliek, “FCC refereeing airwaves fight,” Politico, August 3, 2011

Cited Article

Kim Hart and Brooks Boliek, FCC refereeing airwaves fight, Politico, August 3, 2011

My Comment

The educational TV programmers in the 2.4 MHZ band have had such a long history of lying about their existing and planned uses of spectrum that they should have no credibility by now.  But, of course, the FCC and the trade press have no recollection of such fraudulent statements (nor is there any indication that they would care if they knew), so history tends to just keep repeating itself.

It would be nice if reporters such as Kim Hart and Brooks Boliek had any interest or ability to tease out the BS.   Perhaps this is not surprising given that the owners of Politico are some of the most active spectrum lobbyists in the U.S. (they have significant commercial TV and radio holdings in addition to Politico)–a fact that Kim Hart and Brooks Boliek consistently fail to acknowledge.  It would probably be awkward to reveal the type of spectrum lobbying BS their bosses routinely endorse, so there may at least occasionally be more purposiveness to their shallow reporting than meets the eye.

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