The FCC’s plan to offer free nationwide broadband has taken a step forward, reports InformationWeek, as the agency said the potential interference with wireless carriers’ networks is minimal. The commission had considered auctioning off the frequencies in the 2,155 to 2,175 MHz band and requiring the winner to offer free Wi-Fi across the United States. Wireless carriers had been opposed to this initiative because of potential interference. In particular, T-Mobile was concerned that the free Wi-Fi would interfere with the Advanced Wireless Services-1 spectrum it recently purchased for more than $4 billion. The FCC conducted interference tests in early September near Seattle, and its Office of Engineering and Technology released a report Oct. 10 showing these concerns were overblown. "The analysis shows that an AWS-1 and AWS-3 device operating in close proximity does not necessarily result in interference. And when factoring in actual operation under non-static conditions, the situation only improves," the report said…

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