FCC Plan for Free Wi-Fi Being Fought Tooth and Nail by Carriers

The companies living off Internet bills aren't happy about the idea at all

This is a capitalist world, which means that anything available free of charge will ruffle the feathers of at least one group of people. The FCC has managed to ruffle the plumage of a few very important parties indeed.

A report from the Washington Post provides no reason for readers to do anything but rejoice and wish the information within became true as soon as possible.

After all, it isn't every day that the Federal Communication Commission sets up a plan whose ultimate goal is to provide free Internet and phone calls to the whole population.

The FCC has introduced the idea of creating a Wi-Fi network, or Wi-Fi networks, so powerful and broad that they could cover the whole nation.

Consumers would be able to use them for Internet surfing or making calls, all free of charge.

This doesn't sit well with wireless carriers, since they provide these services at the present time and get a lot of money for it.

CISCO, for example, is completely against the idea, and so are most other broadband and Wi-Fi providers.

Not all tech companies are averse to the concept though. Microsoft and Google both want higher web access across the US, and the rest of the globe.

The FCC doesn't really have jurisdiction outside the US, so it can't do anything about the latter. It does have a strong say when it comes to the former though.

The FCC's proposal has yet to be approved by the government, and it is a sure thing that the broadcasting industry will be opposed to the very end. It has already given up a lot of the wireless spectrum for mobile data devices.

If the proposition does get approval, it will still be a few years before free, government-run Wi-Fi networks go live, as the disgruntled broadcasters will have to sell some of their spectrum back to said government.

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