Free Wireless Internet for all US citizens within 10 yearsRock on FCC, Rock On | Posted by Brent on Jun 21st 08 02:16 AM
According to a recent specification published on the FCC's website, Americans are soon to be surfing the net on their cell phones for free! The plan calls for 50% coverage within 5 years, and 95% coverage within 10. A swath of bandwidth from the FCC auctions has been selected for use in open access, public, porn-free internet. Could this be the end of the telecom monopolies 1.99/MB charges? Will any US company step up to the plate? Has the FCC denied Google's previous request because they knew they were going to take the cake in the Free Internet?
Here are some key segments of this specification
from the FCC website.
Require the licensee to provide free, two-way broadband
Internet service including: engineered data rates of at least 768 kbps downstream using
up to 25 percent of the licensee’s wireless network capacity. AND an “always on” network-based filtering mechanism. (to protect the children)
And apparently they aren't so hip after all because they require your proposal on diskette
. I guess this disqualifies Google, unless someone there can rummage up a 3.5" floppy from the back of a drawer somewhere.
"Parties who choose to file by paper
should also submit their comments on diskette."