Globe editorial calls FM radio "outdated technology"

Bill Smith
Tue Aug 24 16:03:38 EDT 2010

I understand a few TV stations are running multiple digital transmitters to fill 
holes, could this be a first step to broadcasters moving to a cellular model? 
get rid of those million+ dollar towers and go on existing low altitude sites?

From: Dave Doherty <>
To: Dave Tomm <>; Bill Smith <>
Sent: Tue, August 24, 2010 8:18:48 AM
Subject: Re: Globe editorial calls FM radio "outdated technology"

It's easier for me as a broadcaster to maintain a couple of centralized sites.  
The cellular carriers are used to maintaining thousands of distributed sites. I 
think the point is not that one service is intrinsically better than the other, 
but that we need layers of capabilities of all sorts. Then almost no matter what 
the insult, some communications can get through.

From: "Dave Tomm" <>
Sent: Monday, August 23, 2010 11:57 PM
To: "Bill Smith" <>
Cc: <>
Subject: Re: Globe editorial calls FM radio "outdated technology"

> Last winter I was able to call my in-laws on their cellphones during  the big 
>blizzard that hit Philadelphia.  During the height of the  storm, the connection 
>was still crystal clear.  Meanwhile IIRC, there  were several radio stations in 
>that region that were knocked off the  air.  Seems to me in that particular 
>instance, cellular was a better  option that OTA radio....
> -Dave

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