The End of Free TV?
By: Mark Hyman
There comes a time when I have to address an issue that directly impacts my industry.Â And you.
You’ve heard the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”Â Washington has a new rule.Â “We’ll fix it until we break it.”Â This is so true of theÂ Federal Communications Commission.Â The agency that regulates broadcast TV including this station.
The FCC hatched thisÂ schemeÂ that it should take away electromagnetic spectrum from TV stations.Â This is how local stations broadcastÂ free TVÂ to viewers who don’t want to pay the cable, satellite or phone companies.
The FCC wants to make this spectrum available to cell phone companies.
Americans areÂ canceling pay TV servicesÂ from cable, satellite and phone companies in record numbers. This is because local TV offers theÂ most popular shows,Â local news, sports, and weather.Â AndÂ high definitionÂ programming.Â For free.
When did your cell phone company ever give you something for nothing?Â That would be: never.
Later this year, new devices are being introduced that can receiveÂ mobile TV.Â And it will be airtime free.Â Cell phone companies would rather charge you for it. This is why theyÂ wantbroadcast TV spectrum.
If you believe, as I do, that there is value in keeping free, local TV on the air then contact Congress.Â Don’t let them confiscate local TV spectrum.
Mark Hyman hosts "Behind the Headlines," a commentary program for Sinclair Broadcast Group.