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Lawmaker calls for free, family-friendly wireless internet access open to the public; another auction required

With the internet littered with foul, explicit material, parents worry more and more about their children finding out what the internet fully has to offer. The solution, proposed by Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), is to open up spectrum.

Eshoo proposed a new act on Monday, dubbed the Wireless Internet Nationwide for Families Act, instructing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to auction off 2155-2175MHz band of spectrum.

The winner of the auction of is required to use the spectrum to create free, nationwide wireless internet service that blocks all pornographic websites. It would be a service targeted directly towards families.  Eshoo hopes the auctioning of the spectrum would attract types of national broadband service providers.

"The cost of broadband service is a barrier for too many families who want broadband, with more than 100 million Americans without broadband at home," Eshoo said. "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."

The two carriers Eshoo speaks of are Verizon and AT&T, already top-tier broadband carriers in the U.S.

The question is whether other service providers will take to this new plan. One company has already stepped up, adopting the idea years ago. M2Z Networks offered to pick up white space in order to provide free, family-friendly public wireless internet. It was turned down in 2006, but with Eshoo reigniting the fire, M2Z may very well get it wants. Since the space will be auctioned, the network company will have to put up quite a mean fight first.

If the act is passed, the winner of the auction would have ten years to provide coverage to at least 95% of the U.S. No information has been released concerning possibly auction dates.





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