Industry is split on FCC proposal for free Wi-Fi networks

02/4/2013 | Washington Post, The

Google and Microsoft are joining an industry effort in support of a Federal Communications Commission proposal for free Wi-Fi networks using existing spectrum. Wireless carriers and some Republican members of Congress oppose the plan, with the GOP saying such spectrum should be auctioned to private enterprise. Cisco Systems and other suppliers of networking and telecommunications equipment are asking the FCC to guard against interference for the public airwaves.

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