[MLB-WIRELESS] FCC Adds Airwaves for Services Like Wi-Fi

Barry Park bpark at theage.fairfax.com.au
Sun Nov 16 20:54:06 EST 2003

FCC Adds Airwaves for Services Like Wi-Fi
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released 255 megahertz 
of spectrum for unlicensed Wi-Fi services, adding to the 300 megahertz 
spectrum already available in the 5 gigahertz band. FCC chair Michael 
Powell stated that the new spectrum will improve the quality and 
competition of wireless Internet service, as well as open rural areas to 
high speed wireless access. However, some critics, such as Jim Snider of 
the New America Foundation, believe that the FCC must expand access to 
lower frequencies, especially in the "grossly underutilized" broadcast 
bands, if the agency would encourage wide-spread affordable wireless 
broadband. The FCC also decided to expand a $400 million program to help 
rural health facilities defray their telecommunications costs.



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