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Certain natural resources exist in support of our human existence: air, water, the ground, vegetation, temperature, the sun, and the electromagnetic spectrum.
Some part of these things belong to us individually and by combining all individuals together we have a collective interest.
In my opinion the electromagnetic spectrum is a public resource, and each one of us has a claim to it, like a deed I once got from Puffed Wheat for “1-Square-Inch in Alaska.”
Communications services will continue absorbing large portions of spectrum and they probably would like to grab the FM band. I predict the end of digital free TV because it’s become difficult to receive besides which the public seems to think cable TV is worth high rates.
Cable TV is the dream of corporate success because people pay for it AND tolerate commercials, making free DTV a poor investment for station owners and advertisers.
Except for a handful of locations AM & FM programming has lost most of its serious listeners because of terrible programming, which seems like self-destruction. The public has been largely passive about media quality, but the more vocal listeners have found their complaints dismissed, finding that media complaints are not counted as votes.
Platitudes are of no help at all. At low tide we are beached not only with no oar, but with no craft of our own to save.