Martin: FCC will take up free-wireless mandate

12/3/2008 |

Over the objections of many carriers, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said Wednesday that the agency would take up a proposal Dec. 18 that could lead to the creation of a national wireless broadband service using valuable AWS-3 spectrum being auctioned off to wireless companies. The FCC would require the winning bidder to devote 25% of the spectrum to build a network that penetrates 95% of the U.S. within 10 years, although some carriers object on the grounds that the service would be anti-competitive and could interfere with signals from its own networks.

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