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Two TV stations will share the same airwaves to prove it can be done


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is on a multi-year mission to redistribute wireless spectrum in the United States, with plans to purchase some from TV broadcasters and auction it off to the cellular industry in mid-2015, so that wireless broadband can continue to proliferate. How well will broadcasters be able to serve their customers without their full six megahertz of spectrum, though? In April, 2012, the FCC announced new rules to let two or more TV stations share a single band of spectrum, and today the cellular industry has announced that it has found two volunteers. Pending FCC approval, Los Angeles TV stations KCLS and KJLA will both broadcast their content simultaneously over a single digital stream, trying out a variety of combinations of HD and SD content to figure out how viable spectrum sharing really is.

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