Capitol Hill and telecom watcher Drew Clark says:
... right now television and radio broadcasters have never been weaker than in 1982, when Sen. Bob Packwood, R-Ore., uttered these famous words: “The NAB can’t lobby its way out of a paper bag.” ...
He then has some interesting analysis of the interest in the UHF TV spectrum, and ends with:
... But for those who believe that the NAB is amenable to reason, and economic incentives, here’s the next puzzle: what will it take to entice broadcasters to sell, give up or vacate the remaining airwaves? There are plenty of telcos, techies, and community activists that believe they can do better with them. All they need now is a game plan to help the broadcasters out of their paper bag.
To be read in conjunction with The Art of Spectrum Lobbying. --Dennis