"Our national priorities should recognize the value that free over-the-air broadcasting brings to every American."
Gordon Smith, the new president/CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters, was on familiar ground — Capitol Hill — last week, when the former senator testified before the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, discussing spectrum allocation and broadband matters.
"With each additional viewer, a broadcaster's use of spectrum becomes more efficient, without any additional burden on the spectrum," Smith said.
"By contrast, with wireless broadband, each stream of content to every individual places an additional strain on the wireless network, clogging up more bandwidth."
NAB has posted the transcript; read it here.
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The lobby has set up a “Spectrum Crunch Clock,” similar to the National Debt Clock, which flashes an ever-increasing sum like a rogue gas pump