It's official. FCC boss Kevin Martin wants a free US-wide wireless
broadband network. And he wants it equipped with "family-friendly"
content filters.

On Friday, as expected, the US Federal Communications Commission
formally unveiled (PDF) a free wireless plan for a portion of the
American airwaves known as the Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) band.
Under the plan, the commission would auction off the spectrum between
2155- and 2180-MHz on the US dial, and the winning bidder would have
no choice but to plant a free network on up to 25 per cent of that

This network would offer open-access to any application and any
device. It would provide download speeds of at least 768kbps. And it
would include some sort of "network-based filtering mechanism...in
order to protect children and families."


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