Free Broadband for the Masses

Backed by VC cash, a former FCC official's startup is out to provide no-fee, ad-supported wireless service

There's little debate whether the U.S. is a laggard in high-speed Internet access. About 40% of U.S. households surf the Net over so-called broadband connections. That's about half the rate in Korea and Japan. And it's significantly behind many countries in Europe.

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