Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Pai announced that the agency would vote on a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks to make 45 MHz of the 5.9 gigahertz band available for unlicensed use. Public Knowledge supports the Commission’s proposal and looks forward to working with the FCC to make this plan a reality.
The following can be attributed to Bertram Lee, Policy Counsel at Public Knowledge:
“We are pleased with Chairman Pai’s proposal to open a portion of the 5.9 GHz band for unlicensed use. Unlicensed use of the 5.9 GHz band would allow for the expansion of WiFi 6, a crucial component to the expansion of 5G. Consumers will benefit as new products develop to take advantage of the expanded bandwidth the 5.9 GHz band would provide.
“This decision would also benefit communities of color and those who are hurt by the digital divide. Expanding the spectrum dedicated for unlicensed use allows for more access to high-speed internet for more people. We applaud the FCC and Chairman Pai for this decision and look forward to the opening up of more spectrum bands for unlicensed use.”
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