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FCC Increases 5GHz Spectrum for Wi-Fi, Other Unlicensed Uses

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    FCC INCREASES AVAILABILITY OF SPECTRUM FOR HIGH-SPEED, HIGH-CAPACITY


    WI-FI AND OTHER UNLICENSED USES IN THE 5 GHz BAND


    Washington, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission today provided for accelerated growth
    and expansion of new Wi-Fi technology that can offer faster speeds of one gigabit per second or more,
    increase overall capacity, and reduce congestion at Wi-Fi hot spots. The new rules will make 100 MHz of
    spectrum more accessible for use in homes and congested spaces like convention centers, parks, and
    airports and increase the potential for more unlicensed spectrum innovation.

    The Commission adopted a Report and Order modifying the rules governing the operation of Unlicensed
    National Information Infrastructure (U-NII) devices operating in the 5 GHz band. By its action the
    Commission significantly increased the utility of the 100 megahertz of spectrum, and streamlined existing
    rules and equipment authorization procedures for devices throughout the 5 GHz band.

    U-NII devices play an important role in meeting public demand for wireless broadband service. Currently
    U-NII devices operate in 555 megahertz of spectrum in the 5 GHz band, and are used for Wi-Fi and other
    high-speed wireless connections. These devices support a variety of applications including Wi-Fi hot
    spots and wireless home local area networks to connect smart phones, tablets and laptops to the Internet,
    broadband service to rural areas offered by Wireless Internet Service Providers and off-loading of traffic
    from commercial cellular wireless networks.

    The rules adopted today remove the current restriction on indoor-only use and increase the permissible
    power which will provide more robust access in the 5.150-5.250 GHz band. This in turn will allow U-NII
    devices to better integrate with other unlicensed portions of the 5 GHz band to offer faster speeds and
    reduce congestion at crowded Wi-Fi hot spots such as airports and convention centers.

    The Commission also modified certain technical rules to improve protection for incumbent systems by
    requiring manufacturers to secure their devices against illegal modification which could cause
    interference to incumbent users in the band.






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