Thursday, April 17, 2008

California Congresswoman Proposes Free Wireless Broadband Legislation

A proposed "Wireless Internet Nationwide for Families Act (WIN)" would foster the deployment of a new nationwide wireless broadband network by requiring the FCC to auction additional spectrum that is currently lying fallow. The winner of the auction would be required to build and complete a network within 10 years that must provide coverage to at least 95% of the country. The licensee would also be required to provide service for free to consumers and public safety users. The WIN Act would also requires the licensee to deny access to obscene and indecent material on the free service tier. The proposed legislation is backed by Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) and Rep. Christopher Cannon (R- UT).

"The results of the 700 MHz auction disappointed many of us who hoped that a new entrant would emerge. 70% of the spectrum auctioned went to only two carriers. While the auction required under this legislation is open to anyone, it is my hope that the bold conditions of requiring free, family friendly service will encourage the entry of a new kind of national broadband service provider," commented Anna Eshoo.

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