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Tv Broadcasters Resist FCC Proposal to Surrender More Airwaves

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Installing home digital connection

Comcast technician Tom Rafferty installs a home digital Internet connection in 2003 in Pennsylvania.

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Many broadcasters are already worried about declining viewers, and now they say the government wants to take away something more: the airwaves themselves.

That's because mobile Internet providers need more room to expand their fast-growing wireless networks. Every new product, like last week's announcement of an iPhone for Verizon Wireless, ratchets up the demand for mobile data services.

With mobile networks expected to handle 35 times as much Internet traffic over the next five years as they do now, the Federal Communications Commission worries that the nation's wireless system will bog down under the strain, and has proposed a plan to repurpose spectrum now reserved for television channels.

From The Washington Post
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