Workers and visitors to more than 9,000 federal government buildings would gain Wi-Fi access through hot spots installed on government facilities under a bill introduced by Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME). Fulfilling in part the National Broadband Plan recommendations that call for the extension of wireless broadband in areas where such service is lacking, the Federal Wi-Net Act (S. 3995) would require the General Services Administration (GSA) to install Wi-Fi base stations in publiclyaccessible federal buildings and to “allow for the installation of wireless neutral host systems by any eligible carriers upon request” in such buildings. Installation of Wi-Fi hot spots would be required in all newly-constructed federal buildings, and existing government facilities would need to be retrofitted with Wi-Fi by December 31, 2013. The GSA would be required to establish “reasonable” fees that are based on fair market prices for the grant of easements or rights-of-way to entities that wish to install Wi-Fi equipment on government property. Any such fees collected by government agencies would have to be directed toward the installation or maintenance of Wi-Fi systems. Applauding the bill, Senator Snowe observed, “with over 276 million wireless subscribers across our nation and growing demand for wireless broadband, it is imperative that we take steps to improve wireless communications capacity, and this legislation will make measurable progress towards that goal.”