Wi-Fi Alliance® applauds Unlicensed Use of 6 GHz NPRM

Austin, TX and Washington, D.C – October 2, 2018 – Wi-Fi Alliance® applauds the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Pai on taking the first steps towards making necessary unlicensed spectrum available for Wi-Fi® through the Facilitate America’s Superiority in 5G Technology (the 5G FAST Plan). With Wi-Fi enabling the majority of today’s broadband connections, the future of Wi-Fi will require significantly more spectrum capacity. 

Chairman Pai accurately observed that, “As Wi-Fi has become more popular, so has the demand for more unlicensed spectrum to accommodate this traffic.” This observation and the NPRM proposal for up to 1.2 GHz of unlicensed spectrum are consistent with the findings of recently completed Wi-Fi Spectrum Needs Study. 

The 6 GHz NPRM is timely given the urgent need for additional mid-band spectrum for Wi-Fi. Technical studies on the record clearly demonstrate there is low risk to existing operations in 6 GHz. Wi-Fi Alliance looks forward to working with the FCC on the Unlicensed Use of the 6 GHz Band NPRM to meet this vital spectrum need while protecting incumbents from interference.  

About Wi-Fi Alliance®
Wi-Fi Alliance® is the worldwide network of companies that brings you Wi-Fi®. Members of our collaboration forum come together from across the Wi-Fi ecosystem with the shared vision to connect everyone and everything, everywhere, while providing the best possible user experience. Since 2000, Wi-Fi Alliance has completed more than 40,000 Wi-Fi certifications. The Wi-Fi CERTIFIED seal of approval designates products with proven interoperability, backward compatibility, and the highest industry-standard security protections in place. Today, Wi-Fi carries more than half of the internet’s traffic in an ever-expanding variety of applications. Wi-Fi Alliance continues to drive the adoption and evolution of Wi-Fi, which billions of people rely on every day.

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