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The FCC to open up 195MHz of 5GHz spectrum to alleviate Wi-Fi congestion

0. phoneArena posted on 09 Jan 2013, 20:10

To help alleviate congestion on Wi-Fi networks at hubs like airports and convention centers, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski announced at CES 2013 that the feds will open up a nice chunk of spectrum in order to prevent users from having to deal with slow speeds at the time when they really need to zip their messages through the network...

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posted on 09 Jan 2013, 20:20 2

1. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)

So the Gov owns wave frequencies? I know a lot about phones but this is a whole other something.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 20:35

2. morganboy0 (Posts: 6; Member since: 23 Apr 2010)

I was thinking the same thing?!

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 23:07 1

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.

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