Bush illegalizes analog TV

By signing the law that strips away the legal availability of analog TV, President Bush eliminates a medium which has served the nation well for decades now. Who benefits? Not the millions of viewers of analog TV, not all of those folks who will have to upgrade their equipment to continue watching television. No, the benefit goes to the folks who sell the equipment and to the cell phone companies that get new bandwidth. Heck, they’re even setting aside $1.5 billion of our tax dollars to pay for new convertor boxes for folks… yes, money taken from the taxpayers to flow to the consumer electronics companies.

I’ve got nothing against adding digital TV to the media that are available… but to force its increased costs on people, rather than to see if it actually earns its way in the competitive marketplace, is a big-government-supporting-big-business mistake.

Published in: on February 9, 2006 at 3:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

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