Internet Moving Slowly? The FCC Wants to Speed Up Wi-Fi Connections

the increase in speed would apply to public networks as well as private

Internet Moving Slowly? The FCC Wants to Speed Up Wi-Fi Connections
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We've all been there…you're at the airport, a busy shopping area or convention center and you want to send an email, transfer a file, check the forecast or the latest news headlines. Unfortunately, finding reliable public Wi-Fi networks is often easier said than done.

limited spectrum space

The reality is, there are just too many laptops, smartphones and other devices trying to use a limited amount of spectrum space.

If the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has its way, those slow and sometimes nonexistent Wi-Fi speeds could soon improve significantly. The agency has a plan that involves a government-wide effort to free up large amounts of unlicensed wireless spectrum.

airports and convention centers

Under the plan, the FCC will take its first steps next month to unleash up to 195 megahertz of spectrum in the 5 gigahertz band. The project is intended to increase speeds and alleviate Wi-Fi congestion at places like airports and convention centers.

This would be the largest block of unlicensed spectrum to be made available for expansion of Wi-Fi since 2003. Wi-Fi speeds on home networks where multiple devices operate simultaneously would also be improved.