The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a plan that would create super Wi-Fi networks all around the country—and threaten the viability of big-name cell-phone carriers and Internet providers.
But not all tech companies are against the FCC's plan. Microsoft and Mountain View-based Google are spending top dollars to lobby in support of the plan, according to a report in The Washington Post, because they believe free Wi-Fi would help drive further innovation and provide a market for more gadgets.
Cellular carriers are not as supportive. The Post reports that the FCC wants to buy airwaves that are more powerful than a typical household Wi-Fi connection, making it possible that people could opt out of traditional cell phone coverage and home Internet service.
If that happens Cupertino's spotty connection could be complaint of the past. There are several local businesses, including the Cupertino Library, that offer free Wi-Fi, but with some have time limitations; and some area cities provide free Wi-Fi or are considering it.
There was support for creating free public Wi-Fi in Santa Cruz during the city council election last fall, but there are a few hurdles to overcome. Tech support at night and on weekends would be a challenge, and there are privacy concerns. Plus, it a citywide Wi-Fi network would take awhile to construct, SantaCruz.com reported.
Even if it's approved by the FCC, The Post says the new network would still take several years to implement. And it's unclear how reliable the connection would be in urban areas, where many people might be using the free Wi-Fi system at the same time.
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