FCC explores shared airwaves

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A Vienna technology company has proposed providing Internet service over the air — a move broadcast networks are adamantly opposing. The Federal Communications Commission is considering a proposal to allow companies to share airwaves. Shared Spectrum’s technology, as well as those developed by other companies, finds spectrums that are unused and gives it other purposes. (The Washington Post

Some Charlottesville officials are concerned that proposed development projects are slowing under the weak economy. (Daily Progress

The first building of a mixed-use development for residents at least 55 is set to open in Winchester next month. The upscale community, The Corners, features 1,200-square-foot apartments. (Northern Virginia Daily)

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U.S. News & World Report included four Virginia colleges in a new “Up-And-Coming” category in its annual ranking of top colleges in the country. George Mason Universityranked No. 1 as a national university; Christopher Newport University seventh as a liberal arts school and the University of Richmond ninth. James Madison University ranked fifth under top Southern master’s universities to watch. On the magazine’s list of top national universities, The University of Virginia ranked 23rd and the College of William and Mary 32nd. Washington and Lee University was 17th and the University of Richmond was 33rd. James Madison ranked fourth in the overall best university master’s program in the South. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

James City County will pay $2 million for 40 acres of land acquired through eminent domain in 2006 for an elementary school. The county paid $508,601 for the parcel after invoking eminent domain. Two land trusts, which owned the property, maintained it had been condemned illegally. After the settlement is approved by the court, the county will pay the difference of about $1.5 million to satisfy the agreed-to price. (Daily Press)

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