SPOTLIGHT: Senate committee approves spectrum bill

Politicians are finally getting around to putting a deadline in place to enforce the switch from analog to digital TV, making more spectrum available for wireless services. A Senate committee has approved a bill that will set the cut-off date for the switch as April 7, 2009, however, they voted down an amendment that would push it up to 2007. The politicians that voted it down made no bones about admitting it was simply an issue of money. If they hold off on auctioning the spectrum they reclaim until 2009, they'll raise more money for the government's coffers. Blog