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M2Z Free National Wireless Broadband Plan Finally Dies
CTIA pleased you won't be getting 'slow' free 768 kbps service
by Karl Bode 09:23AM Friday Sep 03 2010
You might recall that former FCC boss Kevin Martin and a company by the name of M2Z Networks had been cooking up a plan for a smut-censored free national wireless service with a free wireless component. We had predicted the plan would never actually leave the ground and that wound up being true, the project derailed by both politics and the fact that the plan itself while creative -- simply wasn't very good. After returning from the dead and being bounced around the halls of the FCC in slightly modified form, the FCC has finally dropped the effort completely. M2Z sent Broadband Reports an e-mailed statement lamenting the decision:
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"The FCC’s decision to delay the use of this valuable spectrum forgoes the consumer welfare and economic stimulus that would result from putting new spectrum into the marketplace," said John Muleta, CEO of M2Z Networks. A new nationwide broadband entrant that provided a free broadband service would have created tens of thousands of direct and indirect jobs throughout the country while giving all Americans an equal opportunity to participate in the digital economy. Despite the spectrum crisis facing the U.S. as documented by the FCC’s National Broadband Plan, the AWS-3 spectrum will continue to lie fallow providing no economic value to American consumers."
Of course the plan always faced an uphill battle, and was heavily lobbied against by the wireless industry and their trade group the CTIA, who obviously didn't want the added competition for lower end customers. The CTIA sent us a statement saying they were "pleased" by the FCC's decision:
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"As we had argued throughout the proceeding, a designer allocation auction that would be tailored for one company was not in the public’s interest, especially when that company was offering broadband service that is slow by even yesterday’s standards."
While 768 kbps is certainly slow, you probably would have a hard time beating the price, and M2Z did show a degree of vision in the plan's development. The plan itself was just always various degrees of bad, initially including a mandate that would require porn filters. Various versions were also based on seemingly unrealistic build out schedules, and the end result was never really going to offer particularly compelling speeds.

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M2Z proposal only lived due to insider FCC contacts

John Muleta, former head of the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, and CEO of M2Z traded on his insider knowledge and contacts at the FCC to keep this proposal alive for a lot longer than it deserved. It is about time it died a peaceful death

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Re: M2Z proposal only lived due to insider FCC contacts

And along the way I wonder how much money John Muleta pocketed for "expenses".
ISurfTooMuch

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Censored broadband

My issue with this plan was that it would be censored access. Essentially, M2Z wanted free spectrum, and, in exchange, they were going to censor the Internet access that people got. That sounded like a plan to do the bidding of the religious right in order to get free spectrum, and that is totally unacceptable.
hottboiinnc
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Re: Censored broadband

the plan also included a paid unfiltered network. that is the part Karl is conveniently leaving out.
ISurfTooMuch

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Re: Censored broadband

I'm aware of that. Still, that doesn't change the fact that the free product was to be censored. In my opinion, that was a ploy to either get the conservatives on board or at least to keep them from freaking out. Remember, at the time this proposal was made, Republicans were in power, and the Janet Jackson incident was still fresh in people's minds.

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Re: Censored broadband

said by ISurfTooMuch:

I'm aware of that. Still, that doesn't change the fact that the free product was to be censored.
Um it's FREE what do you expect? If you want uncensored PAY for it. If I owned a business and I offered free wi-fi guess what, I can block certain websites if I want. And there's nothing you can do about it.
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Re: Censored broadband

But, if you think about it, M2Z wasn't giving away this access for free. Essentially, the government would have been paying for it by not charging the company for the spectrum. That essentially means the government was buying this access for the public. If you look at it that way, then we, the taxpayers, would have ultimately paid for it, with the federal government being the middleman. In such a scenario, the government has an obligation to allow all legal content to be accessible. They should have demanded completely open access, not censored access.

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Re: Censored broadband

said by ISurfTooMuch:

But, if you think about it, M2Z wasn't giving away this access for free. Essentially, the government would have been paying for it by not charging the company for the spectrum. That essentially means the government was buying this access for the public. If you look at it that way, then we, the taxpayers, would have ultimately paid for it, with the federal government being the middleman. In such a scenario, the government has an obligation to allow all legal content to be accessible. They should have demanded completely open access, not censored access.
It's not costing taxpayers anything. Do you realize how little the big broadcasters pay for thier spectrum to broadcast OTA TV? Practically nothing. Using your logic I guess you'd be all for killing off OTA TV so the government can sell it to Verizon and at&t so they can sell you $60 a month internet with 5 GB caps and $50 per GB overgages? This is your genius plan?
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said by hottboiinnc:

the plan also included a paid unfiltered network. that is the part Karl is conveniently leaving out.
If karl going to post an article on here, he shouldn't leave anything out.
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Re: Censored broadband

lol. yah only if that was what happened. But in other news he takes credit for being "notified" from the companies when in fact it was a press release that hit the wires yesterday and was already covered. "news" on here has gone down hill and is getting more like Fox news as the years go on.
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Good...

Good. We should not be spending tax dollars to give people free internet. We don't have the money and it takes business away from companies. Government can't provide everything for us...
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Re: Good...

well said! now lets go and shut down the Muni fiber networks! After all; its providing discounted internet that we don't have the money to give.
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Re: Good...

Are you kidding...?
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Re: Good...

nope because muni 'net access is not required for anyone so neither was this plan of M2Z.
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Re: Good...

said by hottboiinnc:

nope because muni 'net access is not required for anyone so neither was this plan of M2Z.
Muni net access isn't free. it's paid for with bonds, and the users of the networks pay for those bonds with their subscriptions. It's a far more efficient means of deploying FTTH networks than having a duopoly leech money from a sector with decade-old technology.

If it wasn't for the stupid telco incumbents CWRU would be able to deploy a muni network in Cleveland at cost, enabling super-fast broadband for everyone, and it would be paid off within a decade.
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Re: Good...

If a community decides it would like to build a fiber network that is fine. I am not crazy with the government running networks but a local community should be allowed to do as it chooses.

I have a major issue with the federal government giving everyone free Internet. It would just be one more thing they would do that is far outside of the constitutionally dictated functions of the federal government....
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Re: Good...

Actually, the feds weren't giving away free Internet; M2Z was. The company was using the free Internet offer as a carrot to try to get around having to go through a spectrum auction. Now, don't get me started on spectrum auctions, because I have a real problem with how they have affected who can get spectrum, but I do have a problem with one company trying to weasel its way out of the process. And, as I said in another post, I also have a problem with the free access being censored. Look, I'm an adult. If I want to install filtering software, I can do that myself. Don't presume to tell me what I can or can't look at.

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said by kirk1233:

Good. We should not be spending tax dollars to give people free internet. We don't have the money and it takes business away from companies. Government can't provide everything for us...
Except ther weren't any tax dollars invovled. 50% chance you don't income taxes anyways.
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Re: Good...

said by 88615298:

said by kirk1233:

Good. We should not be spending tax dollars to give people free internet. We don't have the money and it takes business away from companies. Government can't provide everything for us...
Except ther weren't any tax dollars invovled. 50% chance you don't income taxes anyways.
Hmm, if the government was involved so was tax money. You think the people at the FCC gave time for free???
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Re: Good...

when you have insider information and access. yes. otherwise you pay for it. Or go after the companies left and right to get your names in the news about something to get the time (ie; Free Press)
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