Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Super WiFi

The New York Times reports that the Federal Communications Commission proposes expanding broadband access to rural areas of the United States, using a new type of wireless network called "super WiFi" that it hopes will become a key part of rural America's infratructure. Unlike regular Wi-Fi networks, which are generally limited to providing high-speed Internet in a house, super Wi-Fi promises to blanket entire neighborhoods with high-speed access. The FCC proposes paying for this by converting the current $8 billion Universal Service Fund, currently used to provide telephone service to underserved areas,  into a new pool of $$  called the Connect America Fund, to be used for helping pay for making broadband available to underserved areas.

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