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The federal government wants to create super WiFi networks across the nation, so powerful and broad in reach that consumers could use them to make calls or surf the Internet without paying a cellphone bill every month.
The proposal from the Federal Communications Commission has rattled the $178 billion wireless industry, which has launched a fierce lobbying effort to persuade policymakers to reconsider the idea, analysts say. That has been countered by an equally intense campaign from Google, Microsoft and other tech giants who say a free-for-all WiFi service would spark an explosion of innovations and devices that would benefit most Americans, especially the poor.
The airwaves that FCC officials want to hand over to the public would be much more powerful than existing WiFi networks that have become common in households. They could penetrate thick concrete walls and travel over hills and around trees. If all goes as planned, free access to the Web would be available in just about every metropolitan area and in many rural area
Originally posted by GrantedBail
My suspicions are that there is something nefarious in this act since when has anything been done to benefit the common man and not an industry or corporation.
Originally posted by samkent
Is there no limit to the suspicion?
It take a couple of years for the IRS to catch errors in returns.
They haven't been able to pass a budget in 4 years.
It looks doubtfull they will be able to limit the number os rounds in a magazine.
And you think they have the ability and desire to monitor every singe packet going across the web???
You do realize you can still encrypt your data don't you???
Get a grip. The government is incompetent. The law enforcement branch (s) are over loaded with simple drug and gang violence issues. And you think they care about you looking at titty pictures???
Did you know they are strickly forbiden to create a database of gun ownership records?
To trace a guns owner thay have to manually look through paper records from closed gun shops or call existing gun shops and have them forward a copy of the page in their record books.
How does that fit your conspiracy model???
Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks. The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013.
Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.” It is, in some measure, the realization of the “total information awareness”
Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
reply to post by GrantedBail
i am 100% opposed to this.
Why would I want the government having access to my search history? It is nothing but a data grab. Nothing is free.