That plan, once again, is free public wireless Internet access. The idea is that the spectrum will be auctioned off relatively cheaply compared to normal licenses, with the contention that the winner must use at least part of the spectrum to provide free wireless Internet.
This is not a new concept – and many providers have tried and failed to deliver similar services in the past, though never on a nationwide scope. The difficulties behind such a task are immense, ranging from technical issues in delivering service to the cost of putting equipment into the field. They also face the numerous providers, such as T-Mobile and Verizon, who have been opposed to free Wi-Fi in the past.