Access, as we know it, is about to change.
In two weeks, the FCC will vote on rules behind the sale of a sought-after chunk of airwaves. Chairman Kevin Martin wants to include the stipulation that the winning bidder must set aside 25% of the spectrum to roll out free Internet access to 95% of the country.
Is this huge? You bet. How exactly the bulk of the country's population will be canvassed with connectivity remains to be seen. Even if it does pass and a top bidder emerges, the actual roll-out should still be several years away.
However, it's not too early to size up the winners and the losers so that investors can get in -- or out -- early.
Let me go over five of the biggest winners if free Wi-Fi comes to pass.