CHARBONNEAU – The new aether is sucking the life out of local TV

MEDIEVAL SCIENTISTS believed that radio waves were carried through a medium they called the aether. Seems sensible. If sound waves require a medium, why not radio waves?

charbonneaucolhedIt turns out that radio doesn’t need a medium; a vacuum will do nicely.

The internet is the new aether. The “network of networks” depends on wires and optical fibers to carry signals. The internet wouldn’t exist without it (Wifi is radio but it’s just a connection to the internet).


David Charbonneau is a retired TRU electronics instructor who hosts a blog at

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2 Comments on CHARBONNEAU – The new aether is sucking the life out of local TV

  1. TV stations need to get with the times, and start streaming their offerings on the internet. They would still attract advertising dollars because they would still use the same format as they do for OTA broadcasting.

  2. Just some thoughts…
    Isn’t the “internet” akin to the highway by which the various products get carried from production source to sales destinations…there are transportation costs, no?
    Isn’t Kamloops well served as far as “local news” availability goes? Do we really need a local TV station? And truly, how much “local” are they providing?
    Perhaps the public broadcaster can fulfill the role as an essential service to all, provided op-pieces are kept separate and contrasting opinions are provided equally.

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