The FCC is best known, during the Bush administration, as being the broadcast equivalent of the moral police we see in the Middle East. Dolling out fines for expletives that find their way onto radio and TV broadcasts.
But the chairman of the FCC is progressive thinking when it comes to the Internet. Which he says is so important to America that it ought to be offered free to all. That's free broadband service.
For those who worry that this is the first step in the FCC regulating the Internet, have no fear. This isn't about content. It's about delivery systems. To provide free broadband to all, certain radio spectrums under FCC control would have to be allocated for the service.
Of course, wireless operators can't be happy that Kevin Martin wants to allocate space that they sell to all in the United States. But for the United States to remain competitive in technology, education and commerce, it's important to make Internet available to anyone who wants it. That this concept is being advanced by a Republican appointee to the commission is significant, and signals possible bipartisan support during this administration and the next.