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Lunch "break" update

This is a very interesting article...

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/23/technology/23wireless.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

the future of the interweb is in your hands, Mr. FCC.

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memeslayer
May. 23rd, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC)
The FCC applicaton says they want the 2155-2175 MHz band. I don't know enough about communications technology to know whether the technical aspect of this is reasonable, but a couple things bother me:

1. Their network would use a proprietary receiver and probably require a special client to implement advertising. In other words, it's NetZero Wireless. Furthering a socioeconomic ghetto for the internet seems kinda backwards to me.

2. They offer to let the government define filtering requirements. What happens when their filters fail, as all of them do? For a private company this normally wouldn't be a problem, but they're effectively becoming a government subcontractor.

3. They use the phrase "cutting-edge technology" *way* too much.
tenthz
May. 23rd, 2006 07:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Made me think of Communism. A great idea, but it'll never work. :-P
memeslayer
May. 23rd, 2006 07:54 pm (UTC)
The justification I can see for national public internet is the same as the one for phone service and power -- it might be the only way rural areas will get broadband. No idea if wireless is the right way to go about addressing that problem, though.
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