FCC report negates free Internet interference claims
Report from commission engineers boosts plan to auction spectrum for free wireless Internet by dismissing concerns it would interfere with existing providers' signals.
A Federal Communications Commission engineering report released late Friday essentially backs a plan to create a free wireless Internet service by dismissing.
The FCC25 megahertz of spectrum in the 2155MHz to 2180MHz band. As part of the rules for using the spectrum, the FCC plans to require license holders to offer some free wireless broadband service.
The FCC sees the plan, which is based on a proposal submitted to the FCC by M2Z Networks in 2006, as a way to provide broadband Internet service to millions of Americans who either can't afford or don't want to pay for high-speed Internet access.
But existing providers like T-Mobile USA, which, say that opening up this spectrum would cause interference and disrupt service.
Friday's report, however, concludes that spectrum could be used as planned "without a significant risk of harmful interference."
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It should be noted that this free Internet plan is separate from a proposal to use so called unused TV spectrum, also known as.