The New York Times made a very bad omission in this article on broadcasters reaction to the possibility of having to surrender some of their spectrum for cell phone and wireless internet use. Here is the omission: broadcasters did not pay a dime for the 40 to 70 billion dollars worth of digital spectrum that they received. Not one cent.
Accordingly, this makes the comment seem disingenuous at best:
Other owners are more blunt. “I’ve never heard so much nonsense in my life,“ said Charles Glover, chairman and chief executive of Telos Digital Television Networks, which owns the Fox station in Portland, Me.
“This is an actual cash grab from all of these people who have dedicated our lives to build these systems.” By taking spectrum, Mr. Glover said, “you are about to start a train wreck that we will not be able to come back from.”
It's only a cash grab if you actually paid for it. You didn't. No less a conservative than Herbert Hoover stated that the airwaves belong to the public. Broadcasters received public property for free. It's time to pay for it. Now.