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Mass vs. Volume or Factors in Displacement

Whatever happened to all the ‘freed up’ spectrum the FCC gained after the transition to Digital TV?
As a refresher, starting in the early aughts -*the FCC began the mandated transition from analog Off-Air (Antenna) broadcast to DTV. -*For Television Broadcasts which previously used three separate narrow signals to transmit Color, Picture and Sound now were to generate one wide signal. -*The end result is that the in between spaces where we once “hid” wireless microphones and intercom disappeared. (you can hear much more of this on Ep 16 -*of the Live Life and an early AVN special)
In March 2008 almost everybody with even an inkling of interest started throwing around money in hopes of garnering control of what promises-*to be a mouth watering valuable holding.
What exactly is going on or what these frequency sets will really be used for is still a bit muddled.
How much has changed since 2008? Take a gander at the current -*FCC Spectrum Dashboard – -*http://reboot.fcc.gov/reform/systems/spectrum-dashboard
You can also hop over to the FCC’s Incentive Auction page which provides explicit details on the auction purpose, process and status.
Originally posted March 2008
So the FCC has finally been able to preemptively sell off the soon to be unused analog television frequencies for over 19 billion dollars.-* Unfortunately the spectrum went mostly to one company. When the FCC announced the sale of the frequencies it hailed the action as a dawn of a new age of innovative communications. The fact is, it took a classic chess move on the part of Google just to insure ‘open access for other vendors.-* (Google convinced the FCC to accept the concept of open access if a minimum bid was received. Google then bid the minimum, made quite noise about being interested in expanding to telecom then watched as the bidding frenzy ensued.
What does this mean for the custom AV industry? For starters if may mean that Sprint and its WiMax may have lost the mobile content war, for I am sure that Verizon has plans afoot to use the acquired frequency spectrum for more then just better coverage.-* Content delivery is where the future profits reside.-* -*Verizon has stated that they intend to honor the open access clause but past closed market practices lend me to believe that they will now work to overturn the clause and elbow out all others.-* It could very well be a case of-* Volume vs Mass. I have this image of-* dropping ice cubes in a cup of water, when the ice fully melts the level in the cup does not change-(i am excluding factors such as evaporation and condensation).
NPR had the best general coverage on this FCC spectrum sale
FCC Auctions Off Airwaves
Key Part of the Wireless Spectrum Goes Unused
Image-*copyright Justus Hayes.-*Used under Creative Common Licence-*

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