Wireless Carriers Up Opposition to Free WiFi

A plan to offer consumers free WiFi by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is being drowned out by wireless carriers' calls of unfair practices. AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT), T-Mobile US Inc. , and multiple wireless-industry heavyweights filed a complaint earlier this week in opposition to the FCC's plan that would provide free wireless broadband.

Earlier this year, the FCC moved forward with the idea of auctioning off the Advanced Wireless Service-3 spectrum, which operates in the 2,155-2,180 MHz band, with the winner dedicating 25% of the spectrum to creating a free, nationwide wireless broadband network. This network could use advertising to recoup costs, and the wireless network would have to be able to filter out "obscene" material.

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lrmobile_kumaramitabh 12/5/2012 | 3:28:49 PM
re: Wireless Carriers Up Opposition to Free WiFi
The free WiFi plan of FCC is the first step towards ubitiquous wireless connectivity. You canGÇÖt work on wireless when authentication and billing of each network is an issue. From the point of Mobile operators, the solution is the use of their networks. This would have been fine even with somewhat high rates prevalent if any wireless application could really run as intended on these networks.
The limitations of traffic are soon evident as any user would testify. WiFi does have security issues, but so do other networks. Authentication holds the key even in free WiFi. But separate islands of paid or free connectivity definitely need o be given a go by.
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