Letters to the Editor

From the week of February 7, 2002

Scott Hutchings
Golden

And none for all: Broadcast towers are electrosmog dinosaurs. The difference between Enron controlling SEC accounting rules and broadcasters controlling FCC electrosmog rules is that Enron got caught. Or, more precisely, the media exposed Enron, not the broadcasters.

The broadcast digital television "mandate" complies with the 1996 Telecommunications Act, which was written and paid for (with campaign contributions) by the broadcast, wireless and electronics industries. Congress gave TV broadcasters $70 billion of digital spectrum free to add to analog by 2006. The "switch" from analog to digital will occur in 2020 or 2025, when 85 percent of viewers own DTV receivers.

Eighty digital channels are now available on satellite and cable for the 75 percent of metro Denver that prefers variety, quality and reliability. Broadcasters intend to split "High Definition Television" into many leasable channels for millions. The media reports only industry-financed biological-effect research.

"Convenient" Lookout Mountain was platted in the 1920s and zoned residential in 1955. Greed fueled 100 transmission devices in 1978 to expand to 1,000-plus by 1998, with total disregard for world-class historical sites and 3,000 human beings living at higher altitudes than the tower base within three miles. I have published reports on this issue since 1996. Eldorado Mountain and Squaw Mountain are safe "rural" sites. People have a right to explore more at these Web sites: EldoradoMtn.org; CityMtnViews.com; C-A-R-E.org.

Carole Lomond, editor
City and Mountain Views, Lookout Mountain

Defining high definition: As an avid HDTV enthusiast, I couldn't let the errors in "Tower Failure" go uncorrected.

Roberts stated that "the FCC directed American TV stations to switch their signals from analog to digital -- also known as HDTV." This is only partially true. The mandate was for over-the-air transmissions to be digital; HDTV is only a subset of digital TV broadcasting. There is no mandate whatsoever that any of the programming be in HDTV resolutions, only that said programming be broadcast digitally.

Roberts stated that Channel 31 would broadcast the Super Bowl in HDTV. This was false: The Super Bowl was in 16:9, 480P, which was digital, but not HDTV. The KDVR/Fox digital broadcast sucked. It appeared to be stuck in slow motion, making any shots with motion nauseating to view. Even though Fox's digital broadcast was in widescreen, the picture quality was so bad that I actually resorted to watching the "regular" broadcast on DirecTV.

Roberts also stated that Channel 4 is broadcasting using a low-power antenna from Republic Plaza. While Channel 4 has stated its intention to do so, to date there is no digital signal on the air from Channel 4.

It is truly sad that Denver's cowtown image continues to be upheld by our failure to have any sort of useful digital TV broadcasts three years after the "mandate" that we convert. Denver plays host to many of the nation's top technology companies, yet we have no digital TV broadcasts to speak of.

John Fischer
via the Internet

Michael Roberts replies: According to Marv Rockford, vice president and general manager of Channel 4, the station began broadcasting digitally in late December.


Correction

The Denver magistrate who handled Steven Dwyer's case ("Bad Boys," January 17) was not Mark Muller but Paul Quinn, who was temporarily assigned to Muller's courtroom. Our apologies for the error.

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