FCC Moving Forward with Spectrum Reallocation Plan
The Federal Communications Commission is more seriously considering reclaiming certain bands of spectrum from television broadcasters and making it available to entities willing and able to operate wireless broadband networks. The spectrum reallocation effort will be bundled into the FCC's larger broadband plan, which must be submitted to Congress in February 2010. The FCC will likely push for the freed up spectrum to be used to offer free wireless broadband services. The proposition is sure to be met with opposition from television broadcasters and others looking to keep wireless spectrum licensed and not free.
Does the FCC really think anyone's interested in building out a wireless infrastructure and not charge to access it? This isn't TV or radio, where it can be done with a single transmitter.
Since advertising would be the only revenue stream, will user's browsing be interrupted to redirect them to advertiser's sites. Will they accept payments to not block spam? Will people be giving up their rights to be on a "Do Not Call" type list?