It is one of these things that has been going on for a while now without the public really being aware. While the idea is sound in terms of "opening this technology with new possibilities," you should be fundamentally aware that this resource is a public one, and has been sold in auction by government to encourage rural connections? It raised 12 Billion dollars.
How does this help your pocket book? It doesn't. It provides for more possibilities for the White space Coalition to advertise their wares.
See: Larry Page in Support of White Space?
Also see associated babble links:
BroadBand in a Full Democracy
White Space is Public Domain
So now that you have that information consider this. Open source was an initiative for software development that was open to the idea of communities.
This was the battle between Microsoft and Netscape under the title of the Cathedral and the Bizarre by Eric Raymond now in book form. It wasn't so sometime ago when I read of this history under a Macopinion.com link.
I think as a citizen of this country it would be a progressive move in face of the FCC in the United States, that the White Space that will connect communities should be a free one in terms of the internet. No where does Larry Page reveal this, and no where does Microsoft who is coming on board, reveal this as well?
So here's the idea.
Open source is a software application. What I am proposing is a "open source hardware application" that allows you to connect to the internet for free. If you can access it, then why should you pay for it? Did you ever pay for the signal when you were using your Rabbit ears? Charged for the utility of the phones in your home that are cord free?
I would like any comments here to this idea opened up for discussion while you become informed as to what has happened while we were sleeping.
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