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UHF (ultra high frequency) is a part of the electromagnetic spectrum that broadcasts TV (and the name of that Weird Al movie that lampooned said TV).The Federal Government is about to auction off UHF spectrum as the transition to digital TV makes it available.Google and the phone companies are battling..




UHF (ultra high frequency) is a part of the electromagnetic spectrum that broadcasts TV (and the name of that Weird Al movie that lampooned said TV).

The Federal Government is about to auction off UHF spectrum as the transition to digital TV makes it available.

Google and the phone companies are battling over the terms of the auction. What's at stake? Whether you can use that iPhone with any phone service.

Here are some links if you want an informed opinion about this stuff (we're still doing the reading).

The definition and history of UHF and information about the transition to digital.

Here's the NYT rundown.

Google's demands/recommendations.

Here's the phone companies' website.

And Google's retort.