By Taylor Pratt
The FCC will vote on a plan this month that would bring free WiFi nationwide, according to a Reuters. Although strongly opposed by the cell phone industry, the plan calls to auction public airwaves with a mandate that the winning bidder set aside some for free Internet nationwide.
You might think this is a no-brainer, but it isn’t all cupcakes and puppies.
Free WiFi Pros
- Free nationwide Internet access (obviously).
- With the lack of competition, Internet prices are continuing to rise. This would force Internet providers to lower prices to stay competitive.
- Internet speed would most likely be mid-level DSL speed (with the ability to upgrade for a fee). Don’t forget, people are still paying for dial-up out there (how do they survive?!).