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George W. Bush Made The Rules!
Under the new FCC rules, cable systems need NOT carry local HDTV with clean over-the-air quality. Instead, "Cable operators must carry broadcast signals so that the picture quality is at least as good as the quality of any other programming carried on the system."
In other words, Cable can compress local signals, but no more than its cable networks (Discovery, ESPN, etc.). Cable compresses signals by 33%... not to mention stereo compression... and drops YOUR CITY'S NEW CHANNELS to save room for telephone lines, INTERNET, pay-per-view and other $ervice$.
But the prospect of airwave interference by cell phones and wireless computers sharing HDTV airwaves is a threat to HDTV. George B's HDTV system and Converter Boxes, governed by new guidelines, have never been extensively tested. Designed by business (Cable and Satellite) interests, they do little to protect our airwaves.
Scientists doubt that our HDTV system tuners will work clearly for long without more equipment once blasted by new uncontrolled wireless "noise" makers. HDTV sets and TV's with Converter Boxes, built to the new "guidelines," will simply go blank in a noisy electronic environment (see the diagram at left). Cable and Satellite will be immune, given their privileged microwave connection status with local stations.
AT&T and Verizon, who bought most of the new TV channel bands for their new customers' unlicensed transmitters, may have a hard time selling anything (i.e.
AT&T's Netbook). For now we get to watch HDTV free - over-the-air. D.E.S. 2/22/16
Stepping on America's New TV Airwaves!
Rules, Sales HDTV in Your Home Town