My Turn, Your Turn: National Broadband Plan

By Gary McNair - bio|email

I've heard Washington, D.C. referred to as a "logic free zone," and the folks there keep on providing evidence to support that.

As part of the creation of a National Broadband Plan, there is now a movement to reallocate broadcast television spectrum.  What's surprising about this is television broadcasters just spent billions of dollars to move to new spectrum as part of the big digital transition.  That transition already freed up a lot of room for wireless broadband, but now there's a group that thinks we should give back even more spectrum.

Give me a break.  We are just now getting down to the business of figuring out the best ways to use the new digital technology.  Over-the-air television is now in a great position to deliver a variety of high definition and multicast programming, emerging mobile TV and other valuable services.

The Washington policy makers need to consider the important public services broadcasters offer to all Americans, free of charge.  We are the connection for our communities to news, sports and weather.  We are here in times of emergencies with timely and potential life saving information.  We provide a universal service and we don't charge viewers for our programming.

The future of these free services could be threatened if our spectrum is confined to inadequate levels.  I hope you'll join me in encouraging our representatives in Washington to not put television broadcasting at risk.

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at

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