More Wi-Fi is better: FCC expands use of 5GHz spectrum

Jason Alley

In a unanimous vote, the Federal Communications Commission has agreed to expand the amount of the 5GHz band that Wi-Fi takes up by 100MHz. In short, our wireless connections are about to get a lot better.

With this change, the agency says that Wi-Fi routers will be able to handle more traffic at higher speeds. At present, Wi-Fi only occupies part of the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.

In January 2013, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski promised that the agency would free up 195MHz within the 5GHz band to alleviate the “Wi-Fi traffic jam.” The organization did so shortly thereafter.

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