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Free wireless Internet access proposed

   |  Posted Apr 19th, 2008 @ 12:46pm


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Congressman Chris Cannon wants there to be free wireless Internet access available nationwide within a decade.

The Utah Republican is co-sponsoring a bill that would require the Federal Communications Commission to auction off spectrum now not being used. The winner would agree to build a network accessible by 95 percent of the country within the next 10 years.

Cannon says the bill would help people in rural America where high-speed broadband access is spotty.

The bill will likely be opposed by some Internet service providers who don't want competition from a free-nationwide carrier.

The bill has been forwarded to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce


Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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