In a move applauded by free speech advocates, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin withdrew provisions of the agency’s draft Advanced Wireless Service (AWS)-3 order that would have required the licensee of a proposed free nationwide wireless broadband network to block the transmission of pornography and other content that is deemed inappropriate for children. At the urging of members of Congress, Martin postponed the FCC’s scheduled vote last month on the AWS-3 order, which calls for the establishment of a nationwide network in the 2155-2180 MHz band on which the auction winner would be required to reserve at least 25% of its authorized spectrum for free Internet access. Although T-Mobile USA and other wireless carriers have fought the AWS-3 plan on grounds that it would interfere with previously licensed AWS-1 facilities in the 2110-2155 MHz band, public interest groups have voiced concern with the proposed content filter, which they claim would violate constitutionally guaranteed rights to free speech. Internet service providers and other opponents of the content filter also contend that the definition of objectionable material is open to interpretation and that such filters often block legitimate websites—such as those that deal with art or health issues—in error. Acknowledging “a lot of public interest advocates have said they would support [the AWS-3] order” without the content filter, Martin confirmed that he had removed the filter from the draft order in hopes of winning support for the item from his fellow commissioners. Although Martin has already cast his vote of approval, it remains unclear whether the revised AWS-3 order will be voted on at the FCC’s January 15 open meeting or if it will be acted on prior to Martin’s expected departure from the agency on January 20.