In order to give all Americans access to the internet a plan is being looked at that could possibly get rid of OTA TV as we know it in America. Even if they did want to make some sort of nation-wide wireless internet network, why would the whole UHF spectrum. Also there is already a whole network of 3G internet out there by mobile providers. Why not just piggyback on existing technology?
I think now is the worst time to mess with OTA TV. After spending taxpayer money and time converting the whole country to digital and giving out free DTV converter boxes, it would all be useless. OTA TV has become a dying form of media, but in my opinion DTV conversion brought interest back into OTA TV. People can now get HD quality programming for free. Its also useful for emergencies. I can remember bad storms that have hit my area where I relied on OTA TV even though I have cable.
They talk about how little money is to be made in broadcast TV, but we have just gone through a recession and at the same time TV stations had to deal with transitioning from analog to digital, running 2 transmitters for a number of years, and the high costs of buying new equipment. But the OTA industry is still intact.
Here is the NAB PSA Video: