FCC Considering Free Wireless Broadband as Part of National Plan
It's important to keep in mind that these are only recommendations. The FCC will surely beef up the argument for providing free Internet, and will hopefully offer some sort of outline about how to go about implementing it. Ultimately, though, it'll be up to members of Congress to pick and choose what parts of the FCC's proposal it wants to put into action. Given the political gridlock that's recently taken hold of Capitol Hill (and the sadly realistic possibility that "socialist Wi-Fi" could ignite another powder keg of Tea Party hysteria), we wouldn't get our hopes up, even in a country where one-third of the population doesn't have high-speed access. Providing free or subsidized broadband makes absolutely perfect sense -- which is exactly why we're not optimistic about seeing it come to fruition.
(Ed. note: The story's title should have read "FCC Considering Free Wireless Broadband," not "Free Wi-Fi.") [From: Reuters, via: LifeHacker]