The headline, “US considers some free wireless broadband service”, grabs ya, and then the obvious question ensues. What would this mean for the paid in-flight Wi-Fi service model in the United States? People get mighty used to having things for free.
Hat tip to Reuters on this timely piece. A couple key pars:
U.S. regulators may dedicate spectrum to free wireless Internet service for some Americans to increase affordable broadband service nationwide, the Federal Communications Commission said on Tuesday.
The FCC provided few details about how it would carry out such a plan and who would qualify, but will make a recommendation under the National Broadband Plan set for release next week. The agency will determine details later.
Meanwhile, my $4 off Gogo coupon has just arrived in my in-box (after I used the service on a recent flight to Dallas). Would I pay full whack for it again? Yes, absolutely. It was excellent. But enough about me.