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Free Wi-Fi from the government?

The Federal Communications Commission wants us all to have really powerful, free Wi-Fi whenever we want. The proposal, reported Sundayby the Washington Post, sounds too good to be true:

The airwaves that FCC officials want to hand over to the public would be much more powerful than existing WiFi networks that have become common in households. They could penetrate thick concrete walls and travel over hills and around trees. If all goes as planned, free access to the Web would be available in just about every metropolitan area and in many rural areas.

... Cities support the idea because the networks would lower costs for schools and businesses or help vacationers easily find tourist spots. Consumer advocates note the benefits to the poor, who often cannot afford high cellphone and Internet bills.

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