SPOTLIGHT: White space beckons


It is not every day that two liberal organizations support a conservative Republican senator, but it happens. Two weeks ago, the Consumers Union and Free Press in the United States endorsed Sen. George Allen's (R-VA) Wireless Innovation Act of 2006 (WINN Act). The act aims to bring affordable broadband to all Americans by freeing unused spectrum within the broadcast frequency for use by providers of wireless broadband and for other services. The proposed legislation would direct the FCC to "move quickly" to free-up valuable but unused broadcast airwaves (known as empty channels, or white spaces) which could be used for wireless broadband. In most markets, only half of the broadcast channels are actually used by television stations. Article

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