Last updated: February 21, 2008 - 6:30am
"FAMILY FRIENDLY" INTERNET PROPOSAL CHALLENGES STATUS QUO ON FCC AUCTION
[SOURCE: Lasar's Letter on the FCC, AUTHOR: Matthew Lasar]
Over the last nine months, hundreds of organizations, community leaders, and politicians have written to the Federal Communications Commission in support of M2Z Network's proposal for a free national broadband service. But while the idea may stumble over FCC auction rules, it has stimulated an interesting debate about the agency's competitive bidding system for spectrum. Menlo Park, California based M2Z petitioned the FCC for their proposed "family-friendly, free, nationwide wireless broadband service" in May of 2006. M2Z says that it wants to roll out the network to 95% of the population of the United States within ten years of receiving a license. One of the proposals' biggest selling points is its claim that the network will save the FCC's Universal Service Fund billions of dollars by taking on the USF's mission of bringing broadband to poor and rural areas. Needless to say, the smut free aspect of M2Z's proposal makes it a strong sell with parents, community, and indecency groups across the United States, who have filed hundreds of pro-M2Z comments with the FCC.
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