A mammoth federal auction of the airwaves is under way in Washington, D.C., and it will have a major impact on how your schools receive wireless telephone, data, and video transmissions during the next 10 years.

In a process that could last until June involving hundreds of millions of dollars, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) began auctioning licenses late in February for a new technology called local multipoint distribution service (LMDS).

At least one bidder, Virginia Tech, is planning on using the airwaves to provide internet services to K-12...

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