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Spectrum Wars.

March 29th, 2005 · No Comments · Politics, Rants, Technology

The FCC continues to slip ever-further towards the abyss of unmitigated corruption - only now it’s costing lives, not just suppressing free speech and harming consumers. The National Journal has an astoundingly good piece on HDTV and how it’s screwing consumers, serving dishonest media giants and killing firefighters.

[Inside the WTC on September 11, 2001] New York City police officers, whose radios used 55 frequencies, heard the warnings from the helicopters, and most of them got out. Firefighters and fire chiefs, including special operations chief Ray Downey, heard nothing. These communication failures prompted the national 9/11 commission to recommend that broadcasters promptly vacate four television channels for public safety. It has yet to happen.

Read the whole thing and then get really, really angry.


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