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FCC chairman wants to build a free nationwide Wi-Fi network

By Shawn Knight
Feb 5, 2013
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  1. The Federal Communications Commission is considering building a "super" Wi-Fi network that would span the entire country, allowing citizens to surf the Internet or make VoIP calls free of charge. The plan is the brainchild of Julius Genachowski, chairman of...

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  2. spencer

    spencer TS Enthusiast Posts: 204   +22

    I have a VERY bad feeling about this, Like their not going to spy on us.
     
  3. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Guru Posts: 593   +47

    Ouch. My wallet is hurting just thinking about this. Nothing is ever free that is supplied by the government. We've got bigger and more important cash-suckers to worry about first.
     
  4. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Enthusiast Posts: 263   +32

    :rolleyes: Like "they" are not spying on us already. What else does the NSA have to do besides spy on us?

    Personally, I would welcome this. That would put an end to TWC's virtual monopoly in our area. We've no chance of Google fiber, FiOS or anything else supplanting TWC's monopoly in our area due to way outdated and abused telco laws. I bet it would cost far less in taxes than any current ISP takes from our pockets on a monthly basis. Just why do you think other countries pay far less for significantly better services?
     
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  5. Duckula22

    Duckula22 TS Rookie Posts: 55

    It shall be lobbied against :\
     
  6. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 280

    This story has no basis in fact. See Ars for explanation of its origination.
     
  7. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Enthusiast Posts: 570   +97

    "nationwide free Wi-Fi network."

    I assume it will be just as cost controlling as Obamacare with the high quality to boot.
     
  8. Ranger1st

    Ranger1st TS Enthusiast Posts: 273   +77

    Hello American's, tinfoil hat much ?
     
  9. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Booster Posts: 407   +78

    I am in favor of it. I live in Los Angeles, as is I pay up to my neck in taxes. Call me selfish, I love technology and I don't care about the nothing is free argument. I'm willing to protest in the streets if I have too.
     
  10. Littleczr

    Littleczr TS Booster Posts: 407   +78

    What are you scared of.? So what if they find out we use 50% of the bandwidth for porn.
     
  11. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 983   +89

    According to http://www.usdebtclock.org/ an individual citizen owes $184,447 of the Nation's debt. =(

    I'm right there with you. It's sexier to pay down the debt before we buy toys.
     
     
  12. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Enthusiast Posts: 263   +32

  13. " free nationwide Wi-Fi network", oh sure, I believe that. If it sounds to good to be true, it's b.s. and this my friends is one large load of b.s.
     
  14. Yes it is welcome as it facilitates communication channels to those who have brains, but no penny to get access to information and knowledge. Also opportunity deprieved prove themselves worthy contributors for further. Economic and knowledge development, I believe.
     
  15. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,657   +323

    I can't even drive on interstate without a dropped call on my cell phone. Nationwide wifi is decades away from being viable.
     


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