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FCC Paves Way For Free Wi-Fi UPDATE FCC gives OK

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posted on Oct, 14 2008 @ 09:26 AM
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FCC Paves Way For Free Wi-Fi UPDATE FCC gives OK


www.informationweek.com

The FCC's plan to offer free nationwide broadband has taken a step forward as the agency said the potential interference with wireless carriers' networks is minimal.
The commission had considered auctioning off the frequencies in the 2,155-2,175 MHz band and requiring the winner to offer free Wi-Fi across the United States. Wireless carriers had been opposed to this initiative because of potential interference.
(visit the link for the full news article)

The link for the article saying the FCC has given the OK is:

hardware.slashdot.org.../10/14/0113228


[edit on 14-10-2008 by grover]




posted on Oct, 14 2008 @ 09:26 AM
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This is excellent... a companion article at google news that for some reason wouldn't open states that the FCC has given it the green light.

For those of us who have computers but are too poor to pay for cable's absurdly high bills and need something faster than DSL or dial up this is wonderful news...

... of course I am certain that the telecoms will still figure out a way to make us pay and pay and pay.

www.informationweek.com
(visit the link for the full news article)

The link for the article saying the FCC has given the OK is:

hardware.slashdot.org.../10/14/0113228



"Last month the FCC conducted tests to determine whether mobile devices using a new US radio band (2,155 to 2,175 MHz) with free wireless service would cause significant interference with cell phones using a nearby band. Now, the results are in and in a report released Friday, the FCC concluded that 'the analysis shows that an AWS-1 and AWS-3 device operating in close proximity does not necessarily result in interference.' Still, T-Mobile accuses the FCC of basing its conclusions on new assumptions that weren't used when the tests took place. But at least one party is happy: M2Z praised the report, saying 'There is no longer any need for American consumers, the public interest and the FCC's regulatory process to be held hostage as it has been for the last five months by incumbent carriers... who have used unfounded claims of interference to disguise their intent to prevent the introduction of new broadband competition in the AWS-3 band.'"



[edit on 14-10-2008 by grover]



posted on Oct, 14 2008 @ 09:50 AM
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Yes, attract all of those paying for Internet service to the free Internet service, force privatized Internet out of business, then censor the whole system from websites our masters deem inappropriate or sponsors of terrorism.

Great plan.



posted on Oct, 14 2008 @ 09:52 AM
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certainly good news free internet for all ^_^

also means its easier to restrict access to parts of the interent they decide not to let you see


also i would think a largish portion would switch to the free acess from thier other sources freeing up valuable cash, for what ever reason if this service suddenly shut down then so would a massive chunk of the populations access to independant news services



.//deffinatley spending to much time on this website thinking thigs like that lol

[edit on 14/10/08 by noobfun]



posted on Oct, 14 2008 @ 10:29 AM
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Would they not be able to monitor everything even more now?

Isn't this taking away from a free market . . . with the government providing this for us?


I like the idea, but am a bit wary of it as well.



posted on Oct, 14 2008 @ 10:33 AM
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TANSTAAFL

And the winner is...

The National Security Agency!



posted on Oct, 14 2008 @ 10:35 AM
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If one were to believe in the 'powers that be' taking away the last vestige of unrestricted information...

...then one would see this as a bad idea for us and a great idea for them.

The ability to quickly wipe away a vast number of individuals connections and to easily block content that is deemed needed-to-block is a bit off putting.

I wonder who will hold the leash of the company which wins this bid. I wonder if anyone in the mainstream will care enough to investigate it once/if it goes that way.



posted on Oct, 14 2008 @ 10:38 AM
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But don't worry...if ever access should be restricted/cut off completely, it will only be so those terrorists can be pursued and aprehended before they have time to attack our nation again...

...now, if you would look at these 9/11 flash cards...




posted on Oct, 14 2008 @ 10:45 AM
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You think the telecoms don't limit what you see? Comcast is the worst out there when it comes to limiting what you can see and they are the largest provider in the nation.



posted on Oct, 14 2008 @ 10:46 AM
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Does this mean that there will be ONLY free Internet or will other providers still be able to sell their packages?

I know, it would be idiotic to pay for something that is free, but if other providers still offer it... the prices would have to come down and the privacy, in theory anyways
, would remain the same.

This would be beneficial to all if that were the case. I am not sure on the 'happenings' of this, maybe all Internet traffic HAS to go through this
band (2,155 to 2,175 MHz)?



posted on Oct, 14 2008 @ 10:47 AM
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Man I am so pissed at Comcast right now and I am so over how much my bill continues to sky rocket I would love for this to happen if only to be able to finally tell Comcast where to shove it.



posted on Oct, 14 2008 @ 10:52 AM
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You see, that's what I'm talking about. Already at least a couple people are praising this just because they are pissed off at their ISP.

Hook, line, and sinker.



posted on Oct, 14 2008 @ 10:57 AM
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yes but comcast can only do it to the people who are with them

considering massive parts of the nation will be with this free service as they now have the means to it and all the people moving from comcast and other comapnies to save money

its suddenly a much larger largest provider for the nation

with masivley limited access to anything they dont want you to see then the internet stops becoming a free source of infromation and becomes another giant news channel pushing what ever thier agenda



posted on Oct, 14 2008 @ 11:02 AM
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Yes I am pissed but I do understand the repercussions but really think about it I am already a Comcast customer paying out the rear for subpar service with no other options and I am limited already in my scope so why wouldn't I be for this? If nothing else it takes away the monopoly and forces competition which my wallet would be very thankful for.



posted on Oct, 14 2008 @ 11:14 AM
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Comcast is far from a monopoly in Internet service.

Have you looked in to other providers at all? I've had Comcast, and I know it's awful both in cost and service, but there are other options.

The government running all aspects of society and business is socialism. They're buying ownership stake in banks. They're buying ownership stake in mortgage lenders. This government run health care system is being pushed along. Now we've got government run Internet.

When does it end? Americans are against socialism and communism because their government told them to be, but they didn't bother looking up the definition before welcoming these socialist measures against free market.



posted on Oct, 16 2008 @ 04:09 AM
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www.abovetopsecret.com...

guess we were right lol

paranoia is getting to be ahandy ability



posted on Oct, 16 2008 @ 04:15 AM
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Hasn't this been in the works now for years and years? I remember Alex Jones talking about something called Internet 3.0 coming out before 2012. Is this one step closer to that goal?



posted on Oct, 16 2008 @ 05:20 AM
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I bet China are pissing themselves over this.

So, the poorest people - you know, the demographic that actually needs to be armed with political information - are the ones that are lured away from it with a big fat juicy worm?

What next? Fox* manufacturing and giving away their own televisions that are capable of only showing their news?




*other media outlets with political bias are available. Mileage may vary. Contents may differ from as shown.

[edit on 16-10-2008 by Merriman Weir]




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