Perspective: WIS editorial on the future of TV

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - WIS and other TV stations are airing 30-second announcements, talking about the future of free, over-the-air television.

Congress and the Federal Communications Commission are under pressure to find additional frequency space in our public airwaves to serve the needs of the wireless communications industry -- the people who transmit the internet to laptops and video to mobile phones.

The problem for broadcasters is that some in Washington want to take those additional frequencies away from broadcasters.

This industry recently spent more than $10 billion on the transition to digital television to make better use of their allotted frequencies and provide free HDTV. The FCC may ask broadcasters to voluntarily sell some frequencies so the wireless broadband folks can further expand. I have no problem with that, as long as the government protects your interests.

In the Columbia area alone, some 47,000 households rely on free-over-the-air television. They have no cable or satellite. Let's not force them to change the way they watch TV when they just got finished making the Big Switch to digital television.  Many TV stations plan to use their extra digital frequencies wisely, to offer more free TV channels and even mobile TV service.  That's my perspective, what's yours?