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Old 08-23-2008, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- A U.S. government official says high-speed Internet access should be available to all residents even if that means providing it free of charge.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin says the government has a social obligation to make sure everybody can participate in the next generation of broadband services, USA Today reported Wednesday.

FCC chief proposes free Internet - UPI.com
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Old 08-24-2008, 07:28 AM
 
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Good read, thanks for the link.
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Old 08-24-2008, 12:32 PM
 
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Martin said he planned to turn his vision into reality by using a section of wireless airwaves set to be auctioned next year.

By attaching a "free broadband" condition to the sale of the spectrum, Martin says he thinks he can help drive broadband adoption in rural areas in particular.
As long as his intent to 'attach to the sale of new spectrum' I would think this might be a good idea. Should his intent be to require 'any' provider to incorporate a widespread broadband access to remote areas into existing services then I would reconsider.
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Old 08-24-2008, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Texas
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- A U.S. government official says high-speed Internet access should be available to all residents even if that means providing it free of charge.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin says the government has a social obligation to make sure everybody can participate in the next generation of broadband services, USA Today reported Wednesday.

FCC chief proposes free Internet - UPI.com
More... (http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6584116.html - broken link)
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