Financial Times: Analog Switchoff Goes Unnoticed, Thomas Hazlett

600 American TV stations have gone dark. No one cares. On Wednesday, Feb. 18, hundreds of US TV stations turned off their analog signals. Scarcely a soul noticed. The event – one that policy makers have quivered in fear of for 23 years – was a yawn. When, in 1986, cell-phone makers and public safety agencies asked the Federal Communications Commission for a shot at using scores of idle TV channels, politically powerful TV stations quashed the idea. They hurriedly hatched a reason: extra frequencies had to be reserved for “advanced television.” America, then reeling from Japan’s emergence as a consumer electronics powerhouse, needed to develop its own cool video application and dominate the world. Full article available at  Also available, a PDF Download on Prof. Hazlett’s faculty profile.

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