When Barack Obama was elected U.S. President, one of his promises was to deliver affordable Wi-Fi
to Americans. His plan for that, courtesy of the Federal Communications Commission
, has finally aired and it's ambitious to say the least.
The proposal calls for a federal broadband offering that would cover at least 100 million U.S. homes
. The deployment would take place over the "next decade" and would provide Americans with "robust broadband services" -- a 100MBps down / 50Mbps up connection, to be more precise.
The plan would offer 1 Gbps connections on a community level, which could give small businesses
a boost. And first responders would get "access to a nationwide, wireless interoperable broadband public safety network."
The plan also calls for citizens being able to use broadband to "track and manage real-time [home] energy consumption
," likely referring to smart meter services such as Google's Powermeter
How much will the plan cost? The FCC is confident that it can deliver the national service at almost no cost to taxpayers. The funding would come largely from the planned sale of 500 MHz of spectrum that is currently lying vacant.
The plan, in its entirety can be found here