UK government report calls for the end of broadcast TVSubmitted by PWA on Wed, 08/01/2012 - 09:54
Stream it over the net instead, says upper house
The UK House of Lords has recommended ending broadcast television and re-allocating for mobile data usage the spectrum currently used to transmit digital TV signals.
Rather than take up vital electromagnetic spectrum, TV should be delivered exclusively over the internet, the House of Lords' Communications Committee concluded.
In a report entitled Broadband for All - An Alternative Vision, the Committee writes: "We recommend that the government, Ofcom and the industry begin to consider the desirability of the transfer of terrestrial broadcast content from spectrum to the internet and the consequent switching off of broadcast transmission over spectrum."
The then-free spectrum would then be used to deliver more, faster mobile data services, allowing decent-speed broadband to become available to Brits wherever on these islands they are.