The FCC to open up 195MHz of 5GHz spectrum to alleviate Wi-Fi congestion
The FCC will make the additional spectrum available next month. The 5GHz spectrum is also used by federal agencies which means that an agreement must be reached to prevent problems from popping up and Chairman Genachowski said that the FCC will move quickly to get things in place. A statement released by the FCC also mentioned next-gen Wi-Fi spectrum that will be able to travel over longer distances and penetrate walls and hills thanks to the lower frequencies belonging to this block of Wi-Fi spectrum that comes from the "white spaces" between broadcast television channels.
source: FCC via Phonescoop
1. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1052; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
So the Gov owns wave frequencies? I know a lot about phones but this is a whole other something.
3. Contreramanjaro (Posts: 153; Member since: 04 Dec 2011)
Uhh...essentially yes. You can do whatever you want with frequencies in your own home but not in the public space. All cell phone carriers and radio stations more or less rent the space they use. It's just because when radio was just emerging companies would use the radio waves however they pleased and could broadcast on someone else's space or bleed over into another region. As a result the FCC set up a system of rules for it. This is why pretty much every radio station has to do a weather and news report.