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Sep
02
2010
Free National Broadband Dropped by FCC Maranda Gibson

The Federal Communications Commission has decided to abandon the project that would have provided free national broadband services.

According to recent reports from the likes of Gizmodo, the FCC decided that the project, 10 years in the making, would be too costly to implement. The project would have taken an additional ten years to implement and would have required a heavy investment from M2Z Networks. This money would have been paid back through advertisements.

Ruth Milkman, the FCC Wireless Bureau chief told Ars Technia, “We gave careful and thorough consideration to the proposal, but ultimately determined that this was not the best policy outcome.”

She adds that they “remain vigilant in our efforts to facilitate the universal deployment and adoption of broadband, especially through the much needed reform to the Universal Service Fund.”

The proposal M2Z was presenting offered free broadband services of 768Kbps, one of the slowest speeds available to be considered broadband. M2Z urges understanding that their proposal wasn’t about providing top of the line services, simply allowing for those who have not had the opportunity for broadband speeds to keep up with the digital age.

With more media publications and television coming online, broadband services could be a requirement in the future to keep up with the breaking news across the world. 

There’s no word yet on what the FCC will be presenting in the failed proposals place, but I would imagine that it has something to do with their current discussion of the USF. 

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