"By a 5-0 vote, the commissioners approved the plan over
vigorous opposition from television broadcasters, Broadway theater
performers and other groups who warned that the new devices would
interfere with TV transmissions and wireless microphones.
"Google, Microsoft and other major technology firms have been
pushing to free the spectrum for two years, arguing that it would
set in motion a new suite of high-speed Internet services. The
cause also drew support from a spate of advocacy groups, which
organized under the Wireless Innovation Alliance (WIA) to trumpet
white spaces as a path to low-cost, ubiquitous broadband
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