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Public Safety Orgs Want DTV Delay to Exclude 700Mhz

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Are they really that stupid??


Jan 13, 2009, 1:10 PM
why delay the DTV?
because lots of older seniors dont know about it?
make every analog TV stations brecast this fixed message after DTV transaction day!
"in order to view regular programing, you need to call this 1800-ORDER-Converter box to view programing"

Jan 13, 2009, 4:38 PM
Broadcasting any signal costs money. By broadcasting a 'fixed message' to remind those that didn't bother to get a converter box or sign up for satellite or cable TV is not a feasible way of serving those who had a year to get a box or alternate service.

On topic: delaying the use of the 700Mhz spectrum is dangerous for those emergency communications systems.

This has nothing to do with seniors knowing about getting a converter box or getting cable.

This article on RCR Wireless makes it sound like it's a matter of waiting for more people to get their coupons for $40 off of a converter box. They've had a year. The delay would be disastrous.

Jan 14, 2009, 1:33 AM
I thought the 700mhz that is being freed up by the analog tv shutoff is being used by AT&T & Verizon to deploy nationwide LTE networks?!!?

Jan 14, 2009, 9:07 AM
The FCC set up auctions for other parts of the 700 spectrum to be used by mobile phone carriers.

It's a SPECTRUM, not one 'channel' to be used. This frequency is also used by emergency services like fire and police departments.

So yes, it is being freed up, but for both phone carriers AND emergency service use.

Jan 14, 2009, 10:12 AM
Same spectrum, but not the same channel, so there won't be any interference?

I obviously don't know all that much about radio technology.

Jan 14, 2009, 3:45 PM
Spectrum: meaning that it isn't used by one user.

The 700Mhz frequency is used by carriers and emergency workers.

Radio technology is just like any other technology.
I didn't know anything about Mhz or any other hertz till I went to work for a Telecommunications Company.

Read up on it, it's dry but pretty nice to know when people start freaking about about not being able to get DTV because of a delay.

Sound waves aren't just for sonar Smile

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