The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is proposing the creation of "Super WiFi" networks across the United States providing free, highspeed, long-range WiFi networks, according to a report from the Washington Post.
"The proposal from the Federal Communications Commission has rattled the $178 billion wireless industry, which has launched a fierce lobbying effort to persuade policymakers to reconsider the idea, analysts say. That has been countered by an equally intense campaign from Google, Microsoft and other tech giants who say a free-for-all WiFi service would spark an explosion of innovations and devices that would benefit most Americans, especially the poor."
Also read Karl Bode's take on the story in DSLReports: "New FCC 'Super Wi-Fi' Initative Not Really New White Space Broadband Still Running Political Gauntlet”
Updates: UPDATED Feb 05, 2013 8:02 AM PST
The Real Story Behind 'Super WiFi' And The Fight Over Spectrum; It's Not What You Read Yesterday Techdirt, Feb.2.2012