Opinion: Broadcasting as an engine for local economies – Gordon Smith – POLITICO.com

Congress has been consumed in recent years with contentious debate over how best to preserve and enhance free and local broadcasting — the original wireless technology — while making available airwaves that can also be used to alleviate the much-hyped “spectrum crunch” for wireless broadband providers.

We think lawmakers struck the right balance with legislation signed into law earlier this year that provides incentives for television stations that voluntarily choose to go out of business but that acknowledges the enduring and indispensable role that local broadcasting plays in the fabric of American society.

via Opinion: Broadcasting as an engine for local economies – Gordon Smith – POLITICO.com.

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