Our good friend Harry Jessell, who runs the editorial at TVNewsCheck and who, for many years was a reporter and then the editor who ran B&C, unearthed an important video the other day that everyone connected with TV should watch, regardless if you’re in broadcast, cable, satellite, advertising, and in any capacity in these related TV industries.
It’s a speech that former Federal Communications Commissioner Reed Hundt delivered at Columbia University. As Jessell says, Hundt "candidly talks about his decision to promote the Internet over broadcasting as the one and only "common medium" for the United States while he was chairman of the FCC between 1994 and 1997, and how his work then will culminate…when the current FCC under his protégé Julius Genachowski unveils the National Broadband Plan [on Wednesday, March 17th.]"
As Jessell notes, Hundt says in the speech, this broadband plan "will reflect … the end of the era of trying to maintain over-the-air broadcast as the common medium and the beginning of a very detailed, quite substantive, commitment to having broadband, the son of narrowband, be the common medium."
Furthermore, Hundt says, the "broadband plan will have in it a specific pathway to shrinking the amount of spectrum that broadcast will be able to use. In all previous eras, the government has expanded the spectrum for broadcast so as to give it a chance to thrive as it moved from analog to digital. Now, it’s going to be moving in reverse."
To read Jessell’s excellent commentary in its entirety, click here. [You may be asked to register.] To see the video of Hundt’s speech, click here. Under the video you’ll see a little blue arrow that you need to click on to start the video. [The speech lasts about 45 minutes, but it’s must-see. Hundt comes on after 4 minutes and 30 seconds into the video. Lots of traffic sometimes affects this video, so if you have problems at first gettin it to work, try again later.]
Another good thought-provoking piece on this issue of National Broadband is one by David Murphy at PCMag.com entitled "Who Hates the National Broadband Plan. Click here to read it.