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FCC under fire over TV, mobile broadband signal interference fears

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In my experience...

...The FCC and FTC are inept, disrespectful, negligent agencies wasting tax payer dollars. Every one of the clowns employed at these agencies should be permanently terminated from all government positions and required to get a real job in the private sector such as working at McDonald's or similar if they are qualified or can be properly trained. This includes the chair persons of these two agencies. They have embarrassingly failed the public in every conceivable manner possible while extorting millions of dollars in unearned compensation.

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Re: In my experience...

You should start with your rant with the SEC,and agencies overseeing mines and oil rights first. Those tend to be the most corrupt with an open revolving door to industry. Patent office also takes incompetence to a new level as well.

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place too many broadcast television stations in the wireless portion of the band.

What?

600MHz is a POINTLESS STUPID band for Mobile. Cellular needs small cells to have capacity. Cellular needs 850MHz to 2.5GHz to have controlled and decent propagation.

The problem is MOBILE not TV. 600MHz is an excellent BROADCAST band. Rubbish for Mobile. Too uncontrollable cell size.

This is greed.

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Re: place too many broadcast television stations in the wireless portion of the band.

+1 for telling half the story and -1 for missing the other half.

Low frequencies are great for areas of low population density. Telstra's decision to pioneer 3G in the 850 MHz band made it a clear winner in coverage, a reputation it still enjoys today. (Just don't mention reliability right now.)

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Ironically, the spectrum could be being choked up by people actually watching broadcast services via IP over mobile broadband.

I'm constantly amazed at how many people I know here in Ireland who listen to stations that are easily available on FM and DAB who are streaming those stations over iPhones and android phones on 4G sucking up huge amounts of battery power on their commute.

Plenty of people watching broadcast TV on Internet streams too, even though it's broadcasting on multiple platforms.

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Re: I'm constantly amazed at how many people

Don't be. It's what the cell phone companies want and Apple and Google have been happy to oblige.

Oh, and I'll bet you'd be even more surprised at the number who text each other rather than call.

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Re: I'm constantly amazed at how many people

--- Oh, and I'll bet you'd be even more surprised at the number who text each other rather than call. ---

Bandwidth and battery-wise, texting is more efficient that calling, IF the message is really just something like "Running 5 minutes late, see you at 5:35". Voice, as crappy as it has become via VOIP and digital mobile, still takes a fair bit of bandwidth/battery. Not as much as streaming the shopping channel in HD, mind you, but more than SMS, AFAICT.

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To be totally fair

Broadcast TV should bid for spectrum in competition with other uses, rather than being gifted an increasingly scarce and valuable resource.

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