FCC starts ball rolling to free up Wi-Fi airwaves

The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday proposed rules aimed at opening large swaths of bandwidth to unlicensed usage to relieve traffic jams on Wi-Fi networks in public and private places, such as airports, hotels and homes. In opening up frequencies in the 5 GHz band, regulators would pave the way for increasing download speeds to up to 1 gigabit per second. One potential hurdle: Governmental and private groups already occupy parts of the spectrum.

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