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FCC Wants Broadcasters' Unused Spectrum to Help Meet Growing Wireless Demand


Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said he plans to encourage broadcasters to give up unused spectrum for auction to wireless carriers, an initial step toward achieving an agency goal of making networks faster for mobile phones and tablet computers.

In an interview Wednesday, Genachowski said he planned to introduce a proposal at the agency's Nov. 30 meeting that would lay the groundwork for broadcasters to voluntarily release airwaves for sale to mobile carriers, which have been struggling to keep up with consumer demand for Internet-capable wireless devices.

His comments come as the FCC struggles to assert its regulatory authority over broadband networks in the face of court challenges and industry pressure.

From The Washington Post
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