John Eggerton, NAB: Spectrum Crisis “Manufactured,” Broadcasting & Cable, October 6, 2011
In regard to the five points NAB raises in its letter:
1. Is there a spectrum crisis?
2. Why has the FCC not conducted a complete spectrum inventory?
Answer: Because groups like the NAB, which has access to some 4 GHz of auxiliary spectrum, including the prime Electronic Newsgathering Band, would prefer that the public not understand how they underutilize these bands.
3. What is the value of free TV to society?
Answer: I’ve answered this question at length in my book, Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick: How Local TV Broadcasters Exert Political Power, and my website www.SpectrumBS.info. The answer, in short, is not what the NAB makes it out to me. The story of Miltz Maltz, the NAB’s billionaire champion of Free TV, vividly illustrates my case.
4. Where can the millions of people who rely on free TV for niche foreign language and religious programming turn?
Answer: Just about anywhere online other than broadcast TV.
5. What would shuttering of TV stations do to the state of journalism?
Answer: Make broadband affordable and thus lead to a flowering of diverse information sources.