The Federal Communications Commission set aside airwaves for a new wireless warning system that can tell drivers when it's safe to change lanes or alert them to hit the brakes to avoid a collision.
Although it may be nearly a decade before the technology comes to market, it is being tested by the Transportation Department.
"This new radio spectrum will help prevent crashes, bring important real-time information into cars and let drivers concentrate on driving," Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta said.
The FCC also approved new safeguards to prevent waste and fraud in its $2.25-billion E-Rate program. The program pays for wiring schools and libraries for Internet access and certain telecommunications services.
-- Jube Shiver Jr.