Free broadband for America has inched closer to reality: The plan, after two years of debate, is finally on the calendar for a full vote by the Federal Communications Commission.
Assuming The Plan is approved at the FCC's Dec. 18 meeting, one of the agency's last before President-elect Barack Obama takes office, free broadband could become reality within a year.
First proposed in 2006, The Plan calls for a chunk of airwaves called AWS-3 (now idle) to be used for wireless broadband across the USA. Under terms contemplated by the fcc, the winner of the AWS-3 auction would have to reserve at least 25% of network Capacity for Free broadband.
The winner would be allowed to charge for other services, including Premium broadband that would offer faster speeds.
Assuming there are no last-minute snags, the aws-3 auction will take place next year.
The FCC plans to impose several conditions. …