FCC to Allocate Additional Wi-Fi Spectrum

In a vote on Wednesday, the Federal communications commission moved forward with a plan to reserve additional frequencies for Wi-fi devices, an effort to reduce congestion in high traffic areas such as airports, hotels and the like.  It also intends to increase capacities in homes, which often have many devices in use.

The change would mean freeing up an additional 195 megahertz of spectrum, which according to the FCC, would increase the available Wi-Fi spectrum in the 5 GHz band by 35 percent.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski touted the plan in saying, “Today, the FCC takes a big step to ease congestion on traditional Wi-Fi networks, which will mean faster speeds and fewer headaches for U.S. consumers.”

However, the spectrum is already in use by some commercial and governmental entities, and the chairman admits that consultation will be necessary to avoid interference issues, but assures that such consultation “Can’t be an excuse for inaction or delay.”

The commission will take public comments before continuing with the measure.

About Art Lindsey III

Pundit, policy wonk and new media trailblazer, Arthur Lindsey III has been talking politics for more than a decade. With a background in technology and a passion for politics, Art has made it possible to combine the two into a perfect blend of knowledge and opinion, which he is never shy to share. Acquiring a degree in broadcasting in 1997, Art foresaw the coming of Web 2.0, and co-created one of the first podcasting platforms, Blipmedia. Since then he has been delivering quality technological wisdom and political punditry on the web to thousands of listeners and subscribers. He began his Internet broadcasting career in 2000 with a Canadian outlet named Rantmedia, and within a decade, he was co-hosting “Rizwords” – a happy combination of both politics and new technology – with his creative partner Mark Hopkins, and garnering over 100,000 downloads every month. Other podcasts have come and gone over the years, including the popular “Out In Right Field,” an irreverent mix of conservative thought and pop culture. His work with Arts + Labs combines policy writing with tech consulting, from a user perspective. Net neutrality, cloud computing and intellectual property rights are just some of the areas Art covers.