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FCC Pulls Back On Free Broadband Auction

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Jun 6, 2008, 7:40 AM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Jun 6, 2008, 12:40 PM

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has decided to delay a vote on a new AWS auction that was to take place on June 12. One reason he cited for delaying the vote was to give the FCC's commissioners more time to review the idea. This auction plans to sell a 25MHz slice of spectrum with the provision that the winner provide free wireless broadband to certain percentages of the country over time. The delay on the vote will be at least one month. The auction could still be approved as early as July, with the rules put into place by August, and the auction itself taking place before the end of 2008.

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Jun 6, 2008, 11:19 PM

oh dear oh dear

now some lucky company doesn't get to offer free service to the customers! it doesn't surprise me that the FCC (read: unnecessary governement interference) expects FOR PROFIT companies to give away free service to consumers, but if any of the companies i invest do, to be sure i'll take my money elseware. i would be appalled by the idea, if i thought that any company with the resources to make this work would be dumb enough to gor for it. i mena, is nobody paying atteniton to the number of municipal wi-fi's that are being shut down? heres a little hint: TAX PAYERS ARE TIRED OF PAYING FOR THIS KIND OF NONSENSE!
25MHz is enough for jack squat AND they have to give it away AND buy $N million/billion worth of spectrum AND deploy a massive network with an eventual 95% footprint.

If this actually fruits into a real sale, i smell another freeinternet.com / netz...
It is actually a good idea but no one commented on it because they are dealing with the purchases as well as other operational events. When they will talk about it again, shortly, I am sure there would be opportunities that are more interesting. â...

Jun 8, 2008, 10:50 PM

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Jun 7, 2008, 10:50 AM

Can't blame them...

it's a lame idea not to mention their biggest buyer from last time just packed on excess of a quarter trillion dollars worth of come and get your love.

Jun 6, 2008, 11:19 PM


go figure. 🤣
i also question the timing of this half baked idea.
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