And What Happened To Broadcasters Serving The Public Interest?

When Congress gave broadcasters a new digital spectrum, it did so with the expectation of getting the old spectrum back. Now broadcasters don’t seem to have any intention of holding up their end of what was for them an excellent bargain. “Last month, the Senate Commerce Committee killed a bill that would set a reasonable but firm deadline of 2009 for the return of the analog channels. In its place, the committee adopted a bill — backed by the broadcasters, naturally — that could enable them to hold on to most of their spectrum indefinitely.”

Source: The New Yorker - 10/18/04