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The US Federal Communications Commission has canceled the December meeting where it was scheduled to vote on chairman Kevin Martin's plan for free US-wide puritanical wireless broadband. But the commission says the proposal will "remain in circulation for the commissioners to vote" in the future. The meeting would have dealt …


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  1. Henry Wertz Gold badge


    Yep, what a winning plan... the wireless cos don't want to be told to give anything away for free. Everyone else doesn't want inefficient and buggy porn filters on their connection (See the earlier australian example where prudes got the gov't to spend big money on filtering software, *assuring* them there'd be at least 1 million interested, when the actual figure proved to be under 20,000.)

    And the FCC guys are right as well -- this would lead to plenty of congestion. As it is, the cell cos charge a lot for data, and still have problems keeping enough capacity to keep up with demand (not just wireless spectrum, but backhaul as well..) As long as everyone weren't turned off by the disgusting lack of porn on the new spectrum, the cell co would probably have to use almost the whole 25mhz if they wanted to avoid unreasonable slowdowns. No wonder there aren't any takers.

  2. Steven Knox Silver badge

    "...precluding the spectrum from allocation to the most valuable use..."

    Meaning, I take it, that even the Bush administration knows the primary use of the intranet is pr0n?

  3. Pyros


    If it DID pass... hey, free gaming access!

    ...sadly, that's the upside, and even I'm not sure it'll work that well with WoW.

  4. Francis Boyle Silver badge

    One 'cleanfeed' down

    and one to go.

    Sadly, UK residents are stuck with the extreme porn law but as the man said "two out of three ain't bad".

  5. Anonymous Coward

    do you really trust these folks?

    Sorry, I don't. This is just asking for trouble and can only end in tears.

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