Federal Communications Commission: Wi-Fi for Everyone!

If you have children, you know how much more dependent school is becoming on the internet.  So, if your child does not have internet access, are they falling behind?

Well the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is proposing making free WiFi available to everyone.  But, the only supporters they have for the major move is Google and Microsoft. But, that’s a good start! The wireless companies, as you might have guessed, are strongly fighting the measure.

American consumers would finally win with the many advantages opening up the wireless airwaves would allow.  So many of us are paying $50 per month or more just to have a hot spot on our laptops and other devices, at-home internet, and data packages for our cell phones.  Who wouldn’t want to be the recipient of those monthly savings?

According to the Washington Post report:

“The proposal from the Federal Communications Commission has rattled the $178 billion wireless industry, which has launched a fierce lobbying effort to persuade policymakers to reconsider the idea, analysts say. That has been countered by an equally intense campaign from Google, Microsoft and other tech giants who say a free-for-all WiFi service would spark an explosion of innovations and devices that would benefit most Americans, especially the poor.”

How dare you Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile…all of you! As much money as you make off of us every year, you would dare fight an initiative that ultimately, would benefit everyone…especially the poor?   The signal the FCC would free up would be so strong it will make internet and wireless capabilities available in those places that have trouble receiving a signal now:

“They could penetrate thick concrete walls and travel over hills and around trees. If all goes as planned, free access to the Web would be available in just about every metropolitan area and in many rural areas.”

But innovation is the bottom line for techy companies like Google, which has already opened up free WiFi in parts of New York and Silicon Valley in support of the legislation:

“The new WiFi networks would also have much farther reach, allowing for a driverless car to communicate with another vehicle a mile away or a patient’s heart monitor to connect to a hospital on the other side of town.”

You had me at free.  Where do we sign up?

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-J.C. Brooks

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