On my way back from some time down in Dallas this week I had a thought I wish I knew how to verify. How controlled is the spectrum used for AM,FM and broadcast TV? Could a station partition off part of the spectrum it controls (leaving the rest for the primary use) and use it for something else? Say something similar to a modified WiFi type or WiMax type connection from all its broacast towers?
This is probably controlled for by our good old FCC (nothing like a government agency to stifle creativity) but it would be a fascinating world if some of the broadcasters all of a sudden were in the connectivity game in a whole new way. Might help some of the WiMax/WiFi players out there. A cozy deal between Earthlink and Disney going around last mile operators sure sounds fun!