Free Wi-Fi proposal stalls in Washington

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Efforts to implement free wireless high-speed Internet service nationwide have hit a snag in Washington.

Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin tells The Associated Press that the plan won't be voted on at the agency's meeting this month. But he adds that he does hope to present the proposal to the full commission.

Under the plan, the FCC would auction a chunk of the broadband spectrum to a single bidder who would use it to build the Wi-Fi network.

The plan has been met with concerns about possible interference and a proposed censoring feature that has riled free-speech advocates.

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