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House Panel to Vote on Airwaves Sale Sought by AT&T, Verizon

November 29, 2011

(Updates with Walden e-mail in second paragraph.)

Nov. 23 (Bloomberg) -- A House subcommittee is to vote Dec. 1 on legislation that would authorize airwave auctions sought by mobile carriers such as AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless, according to Representative Greg Walden.

Walden, the Oregon Republican who is chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, made the announcement in an e-mail today. An auctions bill cleared a Senate committee in June.

The auctions would sell rights to airwaves relinquished voluntarily by television stations to meet growing demand from smartphones that can be used to view Internet pages and video.

President Barack Obama’s administration has called for almost doubling the airwaves available for wireless Internet service to relieve what Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski has called a “looming spectrum crunch.”

--Editors: Michael Shepard, Andrea Snyder

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