posted by Matthew Hreha in Politics

Large public WiFi network?

February 4, 2013

The Federal Communications Commission has proposed creating large WiFi networks all over the country for public use.

Cecilia King at The Washington Post reports that with the new service, airwaves would be much stronger than the average WiFi networks that already exist in homes. Although it would take several years to make this happen, these airwaves would be available in almost "every metropolitan area and in many rural areas."

Some companies, such as AT&T, Verizon Wirelss, T-mobile, Intel and Qualcomm aren't too happy about this proposal. They claim the WiFi service could interfere with cellular networks and television broadcasts or crowd the airwaves.

While the wireless industry is lobbying heavily against the proposal, Google and Microsoft are in favor of the WiFi network. They say it would lead to innovations and devices that would benefit Americans, especially the lower class.

Do you think a large public WiFi network is a good idea?

Do you think anything will actually change because of this proposal?

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