FCC oks free wireless nationwide

Yes, you reads that right.

They will auction off a block of airwaves next year to be used for free wireless that would be supported by ads (and have faster service for pay.)

The network would have to reach 50% of the U.S. population in four years and 95% within a decade.

Wireless is quickly becoming a low-priced if not free commodity. Many airports and hotels now have free wifi. If you have AT&T DSL at home, then you can use that account to go online for free in any Starbucks. Plus, if you have a Starbucks card and use it once a month, you can go online at Starbucks for 2 hours a day free.

Accessing the net via wireless should be as simple as dialing a phone. And in a few years, it probably will be. It’ll just be there, everywhere, at low cost.

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