Big news for anyone who believes that Wi-Fi is the future: The FCC is planning on helping boost the speed and capacity of Wi-Fi networks by increasing the spectrum made available for the wireless protocol.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski said that the new scheme, aimed at increasing speeds and alleviating congestion in public areas including airports, conventions and conferences, will soon be launched. Next month, the commission will begin releasing up to 195 megahertz of spectrum in the 5 gigahertz band.
Up until now, the 5 GHz band has been under use by federal agencies and other non-governmental entities. The chairman of the FCC believes it will take significant collaboration to free up the spectrum.
The hope is that the new initiative could increase speeds up to 35%. The increase will certainly help people trying to stream video on their personal devices.
“We’ll keep nurturing today’s Wi-Fi as we also develop a next generation of spectrum policies to drive our mobile future for our innovators and our economy,” Genachowski commented.