FCC to Open Huge Block of 5GHz Spectrum to Improve Wi-Fi
Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski today announced plans to make a 195MHz swath of 5GHz spectrum available to help alleviate congested Wi-Fi networks. In particular, the FCC wants more capacity to be available at large hubs, such as airports, convention centers, and other areas where large numbers of people gather. "We all know the frustration of Wi-Fi congestion at conferences and airports. Today, the FCC is moving to bring increased speed and capacity to Wi-Fi networks by increasing the amount of unlicensed spectrum for Wi-Fi," said Genachowski. "It will also help in homes as tablets and smartphones proliferate and video use rises." The FCC will make the spectrum available next month.
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