Federal grants authorized in late 2011 add another

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Unformatted text preview: Colorado. The grants will inject around $500,000 into efforts by Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Network, Inc. to transition rural television stations to digital broadcasting. Wireless To boost the competition, construction, and growth of wireless facilities, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is beginning to set up bandwidth auctions to favor new construction and expansion and to encourage small bidders. In Auction 93, the next auction of FM bandwidth that will open in March 2012, winning bidders will receive construction permits that, if completed in an allotted time period, will allow bidders to file for an eight-year license. However, despite a push for increased investment and near record-setting revenue for wireless companies in 2010, U.S. wireless jobs continue to decline. Industry consolidation, such as the contested merger between AT&T and T-Mobile, and increased productivity due to technological innovation continue to eliminate jobs. One of the ongoing challenges in remaining competitive in the saturated U.S. wireless mar...
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