Printed from http://www.electronista.com

FCC chairman reveals plan to utilize military-owned spectrum

updated 09:15 pm EST, Wed January 9, 2013

Proposal frees spectrum in the 5GHz band, aiding Wi-Fi congestion

At the Consumer Electronics Show, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced a proposal before the FCC to open up a "substantial" quantity of additional wireless spectrum for Wi-Fi, which would in theory allow for increased speed on wireless devices. The spectrum to be made available currently belongs to several Federal agencies such as the Department of Defense, and is mostly unused at present.

The proposal will open up 195MHz of new spectrum in the 5GHz band. Wi-Fi broadcasts in the 5GHz band are shorter-ranged, but subject to less interference. Freeing bandwidth in this region of the spectrum will aid congestion in dense Wi-Fi environments, such as apartment buildings or conventions -- as an example, the cramped range available to journalist trying to cover events like the CES or similar expositions.

"It's going to help spur entire new industries," said Genachowski. "By leaning into these opportunities, we increase the chance that the US is the country where new innovation is developed, and the market is developed." A report from the President's Council of Advisors suggested the spectrum reallocation in the summer of 2012.



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

SMS Audio Sync Sport on-ear headphones

When hitting the gym or going out for a trail run, headphones can cause a number of problems. From the ear buds getting slimy with swe ...

Adesso Xtream S3B Bluetooth speaker

Finding a speaker purpose-built for a specific need is challenging. Even when a Bluetooth speaker can be paired with a mobile device, ...

JBL Synchros E40BT headphones

For all the different configurations of headphones on the market, it's always a tough choice for buyers to get something that is just ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News