No wireless sex please, we're American
Prudes Congressmen pledge support for porn-free spectrum
When it comes to filtering adult content in the US things are due to get that bit more um, sticky. Two Democrat members of the US congress have sent an open letter to FCC Chair Kevin Martin, supporting the agency's goal of a nationwide wireless service suitable for family viewing and accusing detractors of playing for time.
The letter (pdf) comes from Anna G Eshoo and Edward J Markey, both Democrats, and represents the first governmental support for the FCC's scheme to open up a chunk of spectrum for open access while protecting users from the various unpleasantness found on the open internet.
The FCC would like to see 25MHz of spectrum, at 2155Mhz, auctioned off to someone prepared to implement appropriate filtering software as well as deploying to 95 per cent of the USA within ten years, and providing basic access for free.
The plan has been attacked from just about every side, but particularly from the incumbent operators who reckon that if the wrong technology is deployed in the band then it might interfere with their own networks. T-Mobile has been particularly vociferous in demanding more testing to ensure there's no interference between any potentially-deployed Time Division Duplex service and their nearby network based on Frequency Division Duplexing.
The letter points out that the UK regulator Ofcom did extensive tests which it would be pointless to replicate. M2Z, the company behind the original plan which differed only in that they were given the spectrum for free, goes further (pdf), pointing out that T-Mobile is already running TDD right beside an FDD network in the Czech Republic.
The letter is explicit that demands for interference testing "would needlessly delay this auction" and expresses concern that this is exactly what the proponents have in mind in order to "kill this effort totally".
The signatories are significant players in Capitol Hill, and their support will be welcomed by the FCC. But even if the plan goes ahead, there's still the chaos to be faced of deciding exactly what constitutes "family friendly" to everyone in America - if such a thing exists at all. ®
Whose "Family" Values?
If it allows the family values of my family, it might be fine. So the exclusion/inclusion criteria have to be rational: no nonsense about "marriage is only for pro-creation" (so after her last troubled-but-successful pregnancy, when my wife had her tubes tied, we should have divorced?, and if not then, now when she is in menopause?; definitely not MY family values!), or not letting children know that homosexual people exist (the only still-married of my kids is the lesbian one, a fine family in my book), or that contraception is available (I CERTAINLY want my grand-daughters to have access to data about that, and my grandsons also), or that only Christian values truly exist (Jefferson among other US founders appears to have been an atheist, and the current rash of Islamic martyrs was preceded by similar Christian ones a few centuries ago, etc.)....
But I suppose I am just dreaming...
pr0n is natural
And if this doesn't work right I won't get to see what my kids are up to.
Paris, 'cuz she knows skin when she sees it.
I believe that the negative effects of radio waves is effectively averted by the application of a tin foil hat...
Big cheer for joy-free free internet. Now I can get back to reading about creationism without worrying about the anyone else having fun.