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Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal

Abstract

High Definition Television (HDTV) promises a dramatic technological advancement in the quality of video and audio television. This Note asserts that local broadcast television networks must be allocated additional space on the electromagnetic spectrum to transmit the improved signals required for a competitive HDTV system in the United States. Unless additional spectrum frequencies are allocated for broadcast television, the spectrum presently allocated may be insufficient to satisfy all applicants. Therefore, a scheme must be developed to determine which applicants will be granted the right to use any additional frequencies. The author discusses various methods of assigning the spectrum and proposes a combination of existing assignment methods. This combination includes determining qualifications through comparative broadcast hearings, requiring applicants' due diligence in providing HDTV service, and making final assignment decisions through lottery proceedings.

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