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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122809560499668087.html#printMode
NOVEMBER 30, 2008, 9:00 P.M. ET Free Web Plan Being Pushed by FCC Head

By AMY SCHATZ

Outgoing Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin is pushing for action in December on a plan to offer free, pornography-free wireless Internet service to all Americans, despite objections from the wireless industry and some consumer groups.
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At its December meeting, the FCC could also consider new rules designed to speed up consideration of disputes between independent cable programmers and cable providers such as Time Warner Cable Inc. and Comcast Corp., which either refuse to carry some channels or put them on specialty tiers of service that cost subscribers more.
The agency also will ask for more feedback on its proposal to require programmers to sell their channels to cable operators individually instead of in bundles.
The free Internet plan is the most controversial issue the agency will tackle in December. Mr. Martin shelved plans to consider a wider variety of sticky issues pending at the agency, including a request by the Hollywood studios to hobble TVs and set-top boxes so studios can offer copy-protected theatrical releases sooner.
The proposal to allow a no-smut, free wireless Internet service is part of a proposal to auction off a chunk of airwaves. The winning bidder would be required to set aside a quarter of the airwaves for a free Internet service. The winner could establish a paid service that would have a fast wireless Internet connection. The free service could be slower and would be required to filter out pornography and other material not suitable for children. The FCC's proposal mirrors a plan offered by M2Z Networks Inc., a start-up backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner John Doerr.
Consumer advocates have objected to the FCC's proposed pornography filter, while the wireless industry has objected to the entire free Internet plan. To address concerns about the filter, the FCC is proposing that adults could opt out and access all Internet sites.
T-Mobile USA, in particular, has raised concerns. The Deutsche Telekom AG unit paid about $4 billion a few years ago for nearby airwaves and has complained that the free wireless Internet plan will likely result in interference for consumers of its new 3G wireless network. The FCC dismissed the company's interference concerns this fall, although T-Mobile disagreed with that finding.
Write to Amy Schatz at [email protected]
 

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It could work for schools etc. Childrens laptops, You wouldn't have to worry about what they are seeing.

I'm sure you could get michigan sportsmans forum. That should tide you over til you get to the public library or home to look at what ever adult content you choose.
 

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I think there is a small area in downtown Grand Rapids that has free wireless internet. I cannot site any articles but know that it was availble for sure, just not sure if it was permanent or for a determined period of time. This would be good for businesses.
 

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oakland county had a free wireless internet program going, called "wireless oakland", and it was set up in several pilot communities for a while. however, it was discontinued a few months ago. just another waste of money for something with alot of promise that was never finished.
 

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oakland county had a free wireless internet program going, called "wireless oakland", and it was set up in several pilot communities for a while. however, it was discontinued a few months ago. just another waste of money for something with alot of promise that was never finished.
it wasn't a waste of the taxpayer's money... it was using business money to build the infrastructure...

did they totally disband it now? from what i had heard (this was a while ago), that they were having more trouble than they thought raising the capital and put expansion on hold.

this sounds like a colossal waste of money.... on one hand it sounds nice, but once you get into the weeds on how to implement.... it gets a bit out of hand.
 

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it wasn't a waste of the taxpayer's money... it was using business money to build the infrastructure...

did they totally disband it now? from what i had heard (this was a while ago), that they were having more trouble than they thought raising the capital and put expansion on hold.

this sounds like a colossal waste of money.... on one hand it sounds nice, but once you get into the weeds on how to implement.... it gets a bit out of hand.
i dont care who's money it was, it was not completed and apparently will not be at this point. seems like a waste of someones money.

i am not an authority on the issue, however, i had read several snippets in the press about it, such as how it was tough to get easements on the utility poles etc. and it just kind of faded out.

if anyone knows more maybe they can share some info on the project?
 

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i just read up on it... looks like there is a fund shortage, so it is on pause indefinitely. relatively decent idea, but pretty darn hard to pull off.
 

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First they censor porn. No problem with that.

But then lawmakers feel start to find other things to censor. Someone read about a gun online and then shoots himself. Now they need to censor gun sites. There would be no end.
 
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