Nah, not likely although the new long-range wireless devices might have an old-time analog throwback to them: the spectrum. Once we finally shut down the analog television signals in
2006 2008 2009, whatever will we do with the extra signal space? There's a definite
desire (and need) to beef up availability for emergency
workers as some lawmakers have suggested, but there's other needs brewing as well. Organizations such as the
National Telecom and Info Association are thinking the new 802.16 wireless standard known as WiMAX could use the 700MHz
spectrum currently used by analog TV. We're all for it, especially if it helps us beam HDTV to homes that are otherwise
outside of standard over-the-air reaches.