Not fair? of course you add the markets with the greatest subs and population before small ones. Smalltown mentality.
The system does make sense but there are some who say it is unfair.
That's too bad--my daughter lives in Casper--is cable your only choice for HD then? Wyoming certainly needs it--way out in the boonies--like us, but again, I see that new technologies such as HD locals, as well as broadband internet never go where they are needed most, but always where they are needed least--in the big cities.
Ohio has OTA HD , Cable, E* and D*in the bigger cities but I live in Southeast Ohio right along the WV border and I have no local stations that I can get OTA so I have "distance locals" out of ALT and SF. I have asked the local station for a wavier (WTAP) to get NBC and they will not let me have one because the signal is there but very weak and bad PQ but they say I can watch it. I have had the local Cable and Sat guys tell me no signal strong enough but because it is a small market WTAP will not grant wavier. so I am stuck