FCC Proposes Groundbreaking Free Public Wi-Fi

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non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#1 Feb 4, 2013
FCC Proposes Groundbreaking Free Public Wi-Fi Throughout United States; Mobile Companies Protest

FCC Proposes Groundbreaking Free Public Wi-Fi Throughout United States; Mobile Companies Protest

by james321

Imagine telling AT&T you're done with dropped calls, or telling T-Mobile you're done with slow data. Yes, elections matter, and the FCC is proposing something spectacular for Americans...assuming that shitting-their-pants mobile phone operators don't kill the mammoth proposal:


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 areas.

Think about it -- how often do you actually use your smartphone to make phone calls or texts now anyway? For many folks, particularly the younger set, smartphones are about data, data, and data. They use Skype to make calls, Whatsapp to send texts, and Facebook to stay in touch -- all on data. This is why the likes of AT&T now force Americans to purchase unlimited texts and phone minutes -- or otherwise face outrageous per-text or per-minute fees -- because the wireless companies realize that Americans are really carrying around small computers in this day and age -- the 'phone' is only an inconsequential 'app' at the bottom of your screen.

This is a Big Ducking Deal, folks:

The new WiFi networks would also have much farther reach, allowing for a driverless car to communicate with another vehicle a mile away or a patient’s heart monitor to connect to a hospital on the other side of town.

If approved by the FCC, the free networks would still take several years to set up. And, with no one actively managing them, con­nections could easily become jammed in major cities. But public WiFi could allow many consumers to make free calls from their mobile phones via the Internet. The frugal-minded could even use the service in their homes, allowing them to cut off expensive Internet bills.

“For a casual user of the Web, perhaps this could replace carrier service,” said Jeffrey Silva, an analyst at the Medley Global Advisors research firm.“Because it is more plentiful and there is no price tag, it could have a real appeal to some people.”
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Feb 4, 2013
While free WiFi is a great idea, someone, somewhere is going to have to pay for these "free" networks and their upkeep. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#3 Feb 4, 2013
non-starter wrote:
While free WiFi is a great idea, someone, somewhere is going to have to pay for these "free" networks and their upkeep. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?
Ummmm....? Taxpayers sir?
And what happens to all of those T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint employees? Do they get retrained and become government employees?
Bridgework

Lincoln, NE

#4 Feb 4, 2013
cantmakeitup wrote:
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Ummmm....? Taxpayers sir?
And what happens to all of those T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint employees? Do they get retrained and become government employees?
The top 4 Democrat demographics are young adults (many are college students), minorities, single women, and the poor. Who would benefit most from a government provided Wi-Fi service paid by taxes?
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Feb 4, 2013
Bridgework wrote:
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The top 4 Democrat demographics are young adults (many are college students), minorities, single women, and the poor. Who would benefit most from a government provided Wi-Fi service paid by taxes?
The democratic party.

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#6 Feb 4, 2013
non-starter wrote:
<quoted text>The democratic party.
Which would also allow that much more control over the internet that the government has been after for so long.
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#7 Feb 4, 2013
Blather is import, especial teabagger blather, right ?? If you're an example of the freedom of the internet, no thanks...
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Feb 4, 2013
cantmakeitup wrote:
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Which would also allow that much more control over the internet that the government has been after for so long.
Maybe if we take away the Obamaphones and use the money collected from the customers as universal service fees, and apply that to WiFi, the land line carriers and mobile phone companies could even be forced to fund their own destruction.
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#9 Feb 4, 2013
Maybe, if you didn't call them ObamaPhones, when the program started under Reagan,you'd seem like a rational "man"... I see you're a moron, who's dodging BOTH wagers....
non-starter

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Feb 4, 2013
Amused Slew wrote:
Maybe, if you didn't call them ObamaPhones, when the program started under Reagan,you'd seem like a rational "man"... I see you're a moron, who's dodging BOTH wagers....
Obama likes his name attached to his programs. He uses Obamacare all the time in speeches, and you can find out about his phone program at this website, http://obamaphone.net/
The program did start for landlines under Reagan, but Obama's administration has been pushing the envelope on these free cell phones. It is only fair to give credit where it is due and call them Obamaphones. I would think if he didn't support this program, he would block their use of his name and make the website remove his picture.

Since: Sep 11

Rogers, MN

#11 Feb 4, 2013
non-starter wrote:
<quoted text> It is only fair to give credit where it is due and call them Obamaphones. I would think if he didn't support this program, he would block their use of his name and make the website remove his picture.
He would do those things in a heartbeat except that the people benefiting from this program are also a big chunk of his constituency.
Amused Slew

Seattle, WA

#12 Feb 4, 2013
Calling the low income phones ObamaPhones, make you the equal of Michelle Dowrey, CONGRATULATIONS !!! LMAOROTFU~!
Amused Slew

Minneapolis, MN

#13 Feb 4, 2013
Amused Slew wrote:
Calling the low income phones ObamaPhones, make you the equal of Michelle Dowrey, CONGRATULATIONS !!! LMAOROTFU~!
Aren't you going to use that ultimate fighting word you are famous for? "Poopy"
Amused Truth

Minneapolis, MN

#14 Feb 6, 2013
non-starter wrote:
<quoted text>Obama likes his name attached to his programs. He uses Obamacare all the time in speeches, and you can find out about his phone program at this website, http://obamaphone.net/
The program did start for landlines under Reagan, but Obama's administration has been pushing the envelope on these free cell phones. It is only fair to give credit where it is due and call them Obamaphones. I would think if he didn't support this program, he would block their use of his name and make the website remove his picture.
Obamaphones.net is an independently owned and operated website and is in no way affiliated with the United States government, the United States President, any of the departments within the Federal Government, or any of the state or local jurisdictions located within the United States
Amused Truth

Minneapolis, MN

#15 Feb 6, 2013
Amused Slew wrote:
Calling the low income phones ObamaPhones, make you the equal of Michelle Dowrey, CONGRATULATIONS !!! LMAOROTFU~!
Fair is fair.

Then it is BushWars, BushDeficits, BushFailures, and on and on.

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