Broadcasters are receiving static on Capitol Hill. Congressional budgetmeisters have instructed their communications subcommittees to come up with $14 billion in revenue by 2002--when the GOP has promised to balance the budget. One likely source: auctioning off new chunks of the airwaves. That would be a huge setback for TV stations, which had expected to get new digital spectrum for little or no cost to broadcast multiple signals or lucrative data services.

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