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US may auction airwaves to buyers willing to offer free internet service

Kevin Martin, chairman, Federal Communications Commission, is proposing to auction an unused piece of 25 megahertz wireless spectrum, with the condition that the winning bidder offer free internet access and filter out obscene content.

Under Martin’s proposal, the winner would be allowed to use the rest of the airwaves for commercial services. “We are hoping there will be increased interest in the proposal; and because this will provide wireless broadband services to more Americans, it is certainly something we want to see,” FCC has said.

Kevin Martin, chairman, Federal Communications Commission, is proposing to auction an unused piece of 25 megahertz wireless spectrum, with the condition that the winning bidder offer free internet access and filter out obscene content.

Under Martin’s proposal, the winner would be allowed to use the rest of the airwaves for commercial services. “We are hoping there will be increased interest in the proposal; and because this will provide wireless broadband services to more Americans, it is certainly something we want to see,” FCC has said.

Kevin Martin’s proposal is expected to address criticism from some consumer advocates, who say the government has not done enough to get broadband service into more households. It also could win praise from anti-obscenity watchdog groups, reports Yahoo News.

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