Tech, Wi-Fi Companies Back Broader Unlicensed Use at 6 GHz; Public Safety and Utilities Balk

Originally posted on RCR Wireless News on Nov. 13, 2019 

As the Federal Communications Commission considers whether, and how, to utilize spectrum at 6 GHz for unlicensed use, a group of tech and Wi-Fi companies that includes Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and Google has thrown its support behind providing additional room for Wi-Fi to grow.

In a filing with the FCC, the coalition of nearly three dozen companies said that “Wi-Fi has become the single most important wireless technology for American consumers and businesses,” and that “moving forward and opening up the 6 GHz band is critical. It has been more than twenty years since new mid-band spectrum was made available for Wi-Fi and other unlicensed uses, causing a severe shortage for a wireless technology that handles 75% of mobile data traffic.”

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