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Nation-wide Wi-Fi?

Posted by david on 05 February 2013 at 1:40 am

"The FCC proposes buying back spectrum from TV stations that would allow for what theWashington Post is dubbing "super wi-fi," as the commission wants to cover the country with wide-ranging, highly-penetrative networks. Essentially, you can imagine the proposal as covering a majority of the country with open-access data networks, similar to cell networks now, that your car, tablet, or even phone could connect to. That means no one is ever disconnected, and some folks–especially light users and the poor–could likely ditch regular Internet and cell plans altogether."

http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/the-fcc-wants-to-blanket-the-country-in-free-wi-fi 

One of my concerns about this is government control. If the FCC was serious about this they would remove fees charged to ISPs and give them spectrum instead of charging millions of dollars for it. I'm all for public Wi-Fi, but only if there is a barrier between the users and government censorship or snooping - although I realize that barrier is paper thin.

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