(The Hosting News) – The Federal Communications Commission has taken a big step towards improving Wi-Fi network speeds in home and public areas.
On Monday the Commission unanimously voted in favor of opening up an additional 100 MHz for Wi-Fi devices in the 5GHz band, a decision that will alleviate some congestion on Wi-Fi networks, especially those in crowded places such as airports and convention centers, reports PCMag.
“Wi-Fi has become a victim of its own popularity, and now faces congestion issues of its own. That’s why the Commission is hard at work providing spectrum for both licensed and unlicensed use,” said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. “Both are critically important to our mobile ecosystem. In this order, the Commission is taking 100 MHz of unlicensed spectrum at 5 GHz that was barely usable – and not usable at all outdoors – and transforming it into spectrum that is fully usable for Wi-Fi.”
The goal of the order is to provide growth for “Gigabit Wi-Fi”, a high-speed network service that can provide data speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second, and to expand the spectrum up to 195 additional MHz in two other 5 GHz bands, added Wheeler.
The FCC originally proposed these rules in February 2013 under former Chairman Julius Genachowski.