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FCC Considers Free National Public WiFi

Internet and phone bills may be a thing of the past if this proposal succeeds.

Believe it or not, free internet may be in your future. A report from the Chicago Tribune says the FCC is looking into the possibility of free public WiFi across much of the country.

While the proposal has thoroughly ruffled the $178 billion wireless industry, other big players such as Microsoft and Google support the idea, according to the report. They argue subsidization of this resource will lead to a new-age renaissance of development and innovation. Among the hidden benefits are big potential cost savings for local schools and businesses.

In addition to free web surfing, public WiFi could mean free phone calls, sophisticated healthcare monitoring and even driverless cars, according to the report.

Should the proposal pass, it will still be several years before the entire network is up and the kinks are worked out. Still, it would be the first time in the world any government has provided free WiFi on a national level, according to the report.

Read the whole story on the Chicago Tribune's website

SHUSSBAR February 08, 2013 at 03:23 PM
+1. Prices (internet, phone, tv) here are outrageous and service not that create despite the companies trying to sell us that they have the greatest customer service in the whooooole world.
SHUSSBAR February 08, 2013 at 03:29 PM
'' Government is the "anti-Midas". Whatever they touch doesn't turn to gold, it turns to $hit! '' And the opposite is what ? What ever phone companies/ carriers touch does turn to gold, huge amount of gold but for them at your expense by charging you ridiculous amount of money for ridiculously poor or useless services. There must be a middle way in all of that
Chronicles of Bob February 08, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Stop it shussbar... You're making sense... Don't you know this is what Hitler did first? I can't believe that you don't see how a free market system, a huge supply, cheap product, cheap labor and competition has driven down the cost of goods like cell phones and cable tv...
Chronicles of Bob February 08, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Thank You
Mark Lenthen May 24, 2013 at 11:21 PM
Hacking over WIFI is a huge threat. This happens at hotels and coffee shops all the time. The best thing you can do is install security software from sites like http://www.wifisugar.com

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