The Federal Communication Commission wants you to have free Internet, the Wall Street Journal reports, and it's considering a plan to auction airwaves with the requirement that the winner offer Wi-fi free to most of the US. The free access would come with its own strings for users, though, in the form of content restrictions blocking porn and obscene materials.
There may not be willing buyers for the restricted airwaves, however: Big companies already have big chunks of spectrum, and start-ups may lack the necessary cash. The FCC’s last attempt to auction airwaves with conditions didn’t work out, when it couldn’t find a buyer earlier this year for spectrum to be shared with emergency workers. (Read more FCC stories.)