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We present a voltage-controlled spectral attenuator for gain shaping and power equalization in wavelength division multiplexed single-mode fiber systems. A micro-opto-mechanical modulator array, where electrostatic deflection of a silicon nitride quarter-wave dielectric layer suspended over a silicon substrate creates a column of variable reflectivity mirrors, is packaged using bulk optics and a diffraction grating to disperse the input spectrum across the device and collect the reflected light into a separate output fiber. The packaged component has 9-dB excess loss, 20-dB dynamic range and 10-/spl mu/s response. We demonstrate equalization of the amplified spontaneous emission spectrum from an erbium-doped fiber amplifier and of individual laser signals with 10-dB initial variation to less than 0.5-dB variation over a 24-nm passband-free spectrum.