Yes, I know, but....
These "Trash" broadcasters (My Term for them) do have a place in broadcasting under today's current regulations, even though they are not required to participate in the EAS system ( Emergency Alert System), and are not considered important, except for some of the "Community" low power operations which do serve a distinct emergency communications purpose. If we look at any type of content, be it these types of broadcasters, or the twitter, facebook, or myspace users, or online video gamers, one can honestly say that there is a whole lot of useless and non essential, and unimportant communications that take place on that infrastructure too, but they seem to be getting all of the glory and consideration when talking about the theft of the TV Broadcast spectrum.
Look at all of the useless texting, sexting, and whatever other terms that people use to describe the somewhat mindless use of the broadband spectrum by today's youth. Such a mindless use of the airwaves, yet the greed for the dollar has blanked out any type of common sense that may still exist in regards to our nationwide emergency communications system (Broadcast TV, AM, and FM Broadcasting included). Several politicians have recently come to the rescue of the Amateur Radio Spectrum just for the very purpose of protecting its spectrum for emergency communications needs. If that does not show how valuable the broadcast infrastructure is for emergency communications, then every citizens personal safety will be put in jeopardy if that system is lost to the mindless uses of the broadband spectrum we see today.
Some TV broadcasters are obviously in it for the money, and community service to the public means very little to them. Most broadcasters take the "Public Service" requirement to heart, and serving the community of license is as important to some as are profits. The Broadband industry is driven totally by profit, as they have no "Public Service" requirements to obey, and they will not invest in making their infrastructure as reliable as the current TV broadcast infrastructure that is virtually brand new due to the Digital Transition.
Our oldest transmitter is only 5 years old, and their design life is somewhere around 20 years or so with good upkeep and maintenance. It would almost be a crime to take all of the money and time and resources that were invested in the transition and throw it all away for the facebook, myspace, and twitter crowd. Such mindless uses are driving the greed for spectrum, and as Mr. Smith pointed out: broadcasters are a one to all method of communications, where Broadband communications are one to one, and are a big waste of precious radio spectrum, and no new spectrum can be created.
The precious radio spectrum is a limited "Public Resource" that should not be sold off exclusively for use by the spectrum Robber Barron's (The broadband Industry) simply for obscene profits and greed, while our only reliable nationwide emergency communications is in peril for the sake of greed and extreme profits for the broadband industry.
Where is the common sense these days? Answer: It has been blinded by the need and greed for the almighty dollar for many years now, and that in itself should be a crime. No one has even considered that the Broadcast signals we send out are not just TV and entertainment, what we have is a data transport system that parallels broadband, and even surpasses it in some aspects, as it can reach an audience of hundreds of thousands at one time, where the broadband method, and especially the Cell Phone method is as stated a one to one connection. There are possible uses for our spectrum that have not even been thought of, but if viewed as a data transport stream, one my be able to envision new and undiscovered uses for it at the same time it is used for TV Broadcasting.