For a few weeks in the early 80’s the town 30 miles down the road had a broadcast TV station. The only TV broadcaster in the county.
In the 20 years that follow, it’s only been Eau Claire, LaCrosse, or Minneapolis TV. Communities at least another hour away (if not 2) with no incentive to regularly report on far more rural areas aside from the occasional tornado, hunting, or farm accident.
Nothing banal. Nothing important.
So, what happens to the analog TV spectrum when all over-the-air television goes digital in two years?
Microsoft, Google, HP, Intel, and Philips have plans to re-purpose it for delivering high-speed internet.
This means, if you’re out in rural American and can pick up a network affiliate, that’s now an internet connection.
While it does raise the question of how the broadcast towers would be supported with broadcast TV’s ad dollars, it sounds like a much needed Rural Internet-ification program.
The thought of rural America getting reliable high-speed internet excites me. The thought of kids living out on our dirt roads blogging, podcasting, and videoblogging, publishing brings me to tears.