Wireless Carriers Up Opposition to Free WiFi

Major mobile companies say the FCC's test results for nationwide wireless broadband are flawed and don't show how much nearby spectrum would be harmed

October 24, 2008

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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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