Delivered by Bob Sliva, V.P. & General Manager
How would you feel if you lost your free, over-the-air, local television stations like Channels 2, 4, 62, and of course, 7? It's not a far-fetched idea. Your connection to free news, weather, entertainment, and emergency programming could go away. That's the message behind this public service announcement you may have seen recently on our air.
Some special interest groups in Washington, along with the FCC, want local broadcasters to give up all or some of their broadcast spectrum. Under their plan, the spectrum would be reallocated or auctioned off for a fee to wireless mobile communication providers. They argue that America will soon face a wireless broadband shortage. We disagree. This is nothing more than a money grab that would severely hurt consumers.
Local broadcasters have already given up nearly one-third of their spectrum in the recently completed government mandated transition to digital TV. Local stations have invested millions of dollars in order to preserve the ability to provide the information so critical to this community. The "cash for spectrum" plan would put all of these efforts in jeopardy.
Millions of Americans still get their daily dose of information from free, local, over-the-air television. Limiting consumer choices by reducing this option is not in the public's best interest.
Congress should ensure that free, over-the-air, broadcast television is a part of the communications future. If you agree, contact your local representative. http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW_by_State.shtml#mi
Broadcast: January 8-11, 2009