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Re: Microsoft in the broadcast spectrum

  I recall suggesting back in 1993 that DBS would be an good architecture
  for Internet  delivery, even allowing for the asymmetry problem.  Who
  needs that fat bandwidth going back up?  This got people upset.  But,
  there are no major technological or legal barriers of which I am aware
  to implementing this model, and DBS TV is now widely deployed (expect in
  Canada -- but that is a long and sad story).  Any ideas as to why the
  market hasn't rushed to this model?
  Rick Dahlgren wrote:
  > So much for closed captioning.
  > Just wait till over the air broadcasters start implementing using the
  > bandwidth the FCC just gave them for high def, especially the pbs
  > stations....there is enough bandwidth for several high speed (10 mbs or
  > better) per existing broadcast station....what an outrageous handoff.  At
  > which presidential coffee was that given away.
  > The vertical blanking bandwidth is like an oxcart while the new "free tv"
  > spectrum is like a F-16.
  > I've been saying for months that the battle is going to be in tv like
  > implementations...not cable modems.  Complete with bandwidth barriers to
  > potential competitive offerings.
  > Broadcast managers just want a box that will bring in money....maybe M-soft
  > has the box, the ribbon, the contents and the delivery truck.
  > How do you fix this?
  > Rick Dahlgren
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