The Great TV Spectrum Liberation--Free At Last!

Finneran, Michael
January 2006
Business Communications Review;Jan2006, Vol. 36 Issue 1, p57
Trade Publication
The article presents information on the radio spectrum designated for VHF and UHF TV broadcasting. According to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) estimates, 408 MHz of radio spectrum is designated for VHF and UHF TV broadcasting, with that spectrum residing between 54 MHz and 806 MHz. Digital transition will free up to 18 UHF channels, or 108 MHz of prime radio spectrum, and is likely to make current TV sets obsolete. It was in the early 1990's, that the FCC began planning the long and tortuous migration to digital broadcast TV. However, this is unlikely to have a direct effect on cable and satellite subscribers, as their signals are sent over a specific medium rather than being "broadcast." The consumer electronics industry is bracing itself up by building converter boxes to receive the new digital broadcasts and conveil them for viewing on existing analog sets. The availability of more and better channels, in conjunction with the ongoing improvements in radio technology, will bring about some eye-popping new services before this decade.


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