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Landing is the REAL challenge
Columbus, OH
reply to SLD

Re: What controls this?

And that is just the thing. The FCC is only mandating that local network stations go unencrypted and a small handful of cable networks mandate remaining unencrypted in their carriage agreements (though more often than not, cableco's encrypt anyways and they often go unnoticed and unchecked.).

The more users that are actually using the the QAM tuners in their tv sets, dvd recorders, etc. that they can bleed off and force to buy a box, the better. It is in their (financially) best interest to keep the open QAM channels to a minimum.

Unless you are in, say, a FiOS area with tv service, don't count on PERMANENTLY having open QAM channels available.
I swear, some people should have pace-makers installed to free up the resources. Breathing and heart beat taxes their whole system, all of their brain cells wasted on life support.-two bit brains, and the second bit is wasted on parity! ~head_spaz