Yahoo! is still around? I thought that died off already...
I have yet to see any presentation on a shortage of spectrum, so perhaps you're right in that respect. I would have to see the information for myself before I can believe or dis-believe there is a real shortage.
As far as the capital problem, perhaps DT needs to quit bleeding T-Mo dry? They can obviously make money, but how much of the money made is being siphoned off to DT? Leave T-Mo alone and let it "buy it's freedom" so to speak, And I think it's a BS move that all the spoils of this defunct buyout goes to DT, of course there will be non-monetary benefits and agreements too, but that will only go so far.
I say DT needs to spin T-Mo off to be their own company.
The ruling could have the greatest impact on startup companies that make their living from broadcasting music online and selling advertising to pay for it. For large radio companies like Clear Channel Communications and CBS, online broadcasting still makes up a relatively small portion of their overall business. Kurt Hanson, who founded an online radio company five years ago called AccuRadio, said his six-employee company managed to "eke out" a profit last year under the former rate structure that called for paying royalties of 12 percent of revenues to music publishers.
The new rates harge per song and per channel regardless of how much advertising money is being generated, would put Hanson's company out of business, he said, increasing his 2006 royalty bill from $48,000 to $600,000. Hanson testified at hearings of the copyright board on behalf of smaller webcasting companies. Jonathan Potter, the executive director of the Digital Media Association, a trade group that represents webcasters and digital music and movie companies including Yahoo Inc. and Time Warner Inc.'s AOL, said his group was disappointed in the copyright board's decision, which he said would raise the royalties by 30 percent per year for four years.
On the other side, SoundExchange, a nonprofit organization that collects royalty payments from digital music broadcasters and distributes them to rights holders, called the ruling fair and said the fears of putting webcasters out of business were overblown. "They've been saying this since 2002, that they were going to go out of business," said Willem Dicke, a spokesman for SoundExchange. "Instead what's happened is the industry has growth tremendously." Under the new ruling, commercial webcasters will have to pay