Last updated: February 21, 2008 - 7:38am
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[SOURCE: Washington Post, AUTHOR: Jeffrey H. Birnbaum]
[Commentary] For months now, broadcasters and high-tech firms have battled over what both sides refer to proudly as "white spaces" -- the unused broadcast channels in between the local channels that we watch on television. Turns out all that emptiness is potentially worth a fortune. All that's required is for regulators to allow companies to utilize those spaces to carry broadband signals so that fancy new devices can take people onto the Internet. The National Association of Broadcasters, which represents local TV stations, thinks that's a terrible idea. Tech giants want to expand high-speed Internet connections and sell the white-space devices. Dozens of lobbyists and executives have been swarming Congress and the FCC to apply as much pressure as they know how.
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