FCC Opens up 6 GHz Band for Wi-Fi
The FCC today approved new rules for the 6 GHz band that allow unlicensed use, including Wi-Fi. This opens up a large swath of new spectrum for Wi-Fi, which should result in faster, more reliable Wi-Fi when new devices become available that support the new band. The full 1200-MHz-wide band (5.925–7.125 GHz) will be available for indoor, low-power applications. Standard-power devices will have access to a smaller, 850 MHz portion of the band, with an automated system ensuring they don't interfere with existing, licensed users of the band, including microwave services that are used to support utilities, public safety, and wireless backhaul. The FCC is seeking comment on allowing higher power levels in the band.
Oct 23, 2018
The FCC today proposed two separate actions meant to free up more spectrum for wireless broadband use. The first covers the rules governing the 3.5 GHz band (Citizens Broadband Radio Service).
Feb 8, 2018
A new bipartisan act proposed by Congressman Leonard Lance of New Jersey and Congressman Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania aims to ensure the licensed and unlicensed spectrum needed for 5G is available. The Advancing Innovation and Reinvigorating Widespread Access to Viable Electromagnetic Spectrum, or AIRWAVES Act, explicitly suggests the government free up high-band spectrum via auction in order to lay the groundwork for 5G.
Dec 15, 2017
Apple recently improved the selection of indoor airport maps in Apple Maps with an expansion to 30 new structures. Apple worked with each individual airport and the associated airlines in order to provide the most accurate data possible, including directions to gates, details about food courts and other amenities, and the ability to jump between floors/levels.
Feb 27, 2018
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the agency will commence an auction for 28 GHz airwaves as soon as November. Pai expects the spectrum in question will be used for 5G.
The US Department of Defense has decided to allow commercial 5G services to operate in the 3450-3550 MHz frequency band in the lower 48 states. That 100 MHz swath of spectrum is immediately adjacent to the 3.5 GHz (3550-3980 MHz, specifically) band that the FCC is already preparing to auction off for new 5G service.