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FCC to Open Huge Block of 5GHz Spectrum to Improve Wi-Fi

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Jan 9, 2013, 6:36 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Jan 9, 2013, 6:36 PM

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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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Jan 12, 2013, 8:28 AM


This is definately a step in the right direction. They should also push 5Ghz Wifi harder from now on. The average device owned by the consumer doesn't support Wifi at 5Ghz, I have lots of devices and two different routers, none use 5ghz. 2.4 with a high gain antenna has always been more than enough for me.

Jan 10, 2013, 8:56 AM

Improve Wi-Fi

Excellent. Has been an issue for awhile.
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