SDR Advantages and Disadvantages
The key difference between traditional radios and software defined radios is that the latter senses their environment and adapt to it. This is important particularly to government agencies such as the FCC who is in the process of reallocating spectrum usage in the TV bands. There's a shift away from rigid, spectrum allocations to a demand-based approach to maximum the usage in that band. Currently, spectrum usage in most bands in the USA range from .3 to 3%. As the need for more spectrum grows, a new paradigm will be needed to supply this bandwidth.