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
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.