It is not a notion that is being proposed by some start up company. It is a federal government agency. Free internet is an idea put forth by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC):

“The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is likely to consider a plan this month to auction public airwaves with a mandate that the winning bidder set aside some for free Internet nationwide, a proposal staunchly opposed by the cell phone industry.”

link: US FCC to mull free Internet plan at Dec. meeting

Obviously, it would interfere with revenue for some industry sectors such as cell phone providers and internet service providers. However, free access to the internet would be a great equalizer in education. With an inexpensive laptop and free online access, some of the socio-economic barriers to education would be removed. The long term implications to raising educational standards would be enormous.

Catherine Forsythe