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elray

join:2000-12-16
Santa Monica, CA
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Spectrum is finite

Its no myth. You can't change the laws of physics.

Just exactly how many HD-video-streaming connections do the enlightened folks here think a cell site can handle in a 12 Mhz block?

Video and torrentz and gaming have no natural limit on consumption, where voice traffic can be contained with 8-16kbps.

We've seen what happens when no limits are placed on usage.
Skippy25

join:2000-09-13
Hazelwood, MO

Re: Spectrum is finite

You have not clue what you are talking about concerning video and gaming. Both of those use # kbps second just like voice does. Do they vary based on the quality of video? Sure. But a game does not use multi mbps to run and any implication by you is just silly.

Alex J

@speakeasy.net

Its no myth. You can't change the laws of physics.

Arguing that most capacity fear mongering isn't based on fact does not violate the laws of physics. Nobody is arguing that spectrum isn't finite. The point is that constant chicken little cries are not done by scientists or engineers, they're done by used car salesmen.

We've seen what happens when no limits are placed on usage.

Yeah you get happy, loyal customers. Sounds awful.

fifty nine

join:2002-09-25
Sussex, NJ
kudos:2

Re: Spectrum is finite

said by Alex J :

The point is that constant chicken little cries are not done by scientists or engineers, they're done by used car salesmen.

I can't help but laugh at the irony here.
sonicmerlin

join:2009-05-24
Cleveland, OH
kudos:1

Re: Spectrum is finite

said by fifty nine:

said by Alex J :

The point is that constant chicken little cries are not done by scientists or engineers, they're done by used car salesmen.

I can't help but laugh at the irony here.

I'm failing to see it. Enlighten us oh wise one.
Sammer

join:2005-12-22
Canonsburg, PA
said by elray:

Just exacly how many HD-video-streaming connections do the enlightened folks here think a cell site can handle in a 12 Mhz block?

The most popular HD streams will be viewed by millions. Isn't it ironic that the pure greed of the CTIA and others suggests taking away the spectrum from an existing broadcast system that is far more efficient at handling popular HD content. BTW before someone says that only a small proportion of TV viewers use an antenna it should be pointed out the there is still a significant number of cable headends and satellite points of presence that also receive local TV stations over the air.
davidhoffman
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join:2009-11-19
Warner Robins, GA
kudos:3

Re: Spectrum is finite

But the HD content is usually not produced by the local OTA broadcaster. The big OTA networks could, in theory, stop supplying OTA with content and send it directly to the cable system operators. It might require a few more satellite dishes to get the content at the head end, but it is theoretically feasible. There has been for years a group of people at the FCC and in Congress who want OTA to be turned into pay TV either through cable or satellite or cellular. And the cellular companies are using internet access as a way to shut down OTA so they can create a new pay TV system using cellular systems and revenue models.