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Risk factor could affect broadband stimulus payouts

Various organizations and companies debate at a public meeting whether broadband stimulus money should fund projects with varying degrees of risk involved.

By March 24, 2009


White House opposes FCC's free Internet plan

Bush's secretary of commerce reportedly sends letter to the FCC's chairman, expressing the administration's opposition to the plan, which could be voted on as early as next week.

By December 10, 2008


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.

By October 11, 2008


FCC to test proposed free wireless service for interference

Next week, FCC engineers will go to Seattle to see whether a proposed free wireless broadband service will interfere with T-Mobile's new 3G services.

By August 29, 2008


New group makes broadband a national priority

FCC commissioner Jonathan Adelstein joins Internet pioneer Vint Cerf and others to form the "Internet for Everyone" initiative for making broadband a top priority for policy makers in Washington.

By June 24, 2008


FCC ponders auction for free wireless service

Federal Communications Commission is considering auctioning off some new spectrum with the stipulation that some of it be used to provide free wireless broadband.

By May 29, 2008


Politicos want free wireless broadband on unused airwaves

A new bill in Congress would require fallow radio spectrum to be auctioned off, with the winning bidder obligated to provide free service to 95 percent of Americans within a decade.

By April 18, 2008


FCC: What to do with unused spectrum?

After tossing Wi-Fi start-up bids for exclusive control of fallow spectrum, federal regulators want public input on how to proceed. Will a new fight over "open access" rules emerge?

By September 20, 2007


FCC rejects free Wi-Fi start-up's spectrum plans

Regulators conclude it's not in the "public interest" to give one company an exclusive, 15-year license and plan to ask for public comment on how the fallow band should be used.

By September 1, 2007