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The rapid growth of cellphone networks and wireless Internet has the U.S. headed for a spectrum squeeze. So the FCC developed the National Broadband Plan, which proposes that broadcaster's release spectrum for broadband use over the next 10 years.
That means just 10 months after the transition to digital television, the Feds are asking broadcasters to make another major technical transition--and the National Assn. of Broadcasters is none too happy about it.
"What the FCC is trying to do is drive TV stations out of business," NAB exec veep Dennis Wharton says.
Wharton points out broadcasters have already given up UHF channels 52-69, and now are asked to surrender channels 31-51. …