Can an upstart nonprofit called Locast succeed where the now defunct Aereo service failed and find a way to deliver local TV broadcasts over the Internet without incurring the wrath of the federal government, not to mention Comcast?
Aeroe, for those who remember, claimed that it used arrays of antennas—one per subscriber——o capture OTA (over the air) TV broadcasts and deliver them to viewers via Internet streaming. The company was quickly sued and put out of business!
The idea behind Locast, which went national on August 2, 2018 and is expanding, is that there is a federal law which allows a nonprofit organization to boost local OTA TV signals—to “translate” them in the parlance of the law—with the goal of expanding the range of local TV coverage. So, Locast is structured as a nonprofit, and so far it has not been sued. If you want to read the actual law used as
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