The Federal Communications Commission plans to improve the speed of Wi-Fi at airports and other hubs. This will be a big benefit to business people working while they wait for flights or kids playing on the internet to keep them entertained.
This announcement came at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas from the FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. The project is supposed to begin in February. The result should be that Gigabit Wi-Fi will increase by up to 35%. Not only will speed see an increase but capacity with more unlicensed airwaves made available.
This unlicensed airspace is used by both federal and non-federal users, which means some coordination will be required. Typically, this airspace is used by such devices as cordless telephones and baby monitors.
Users at airports will not be the only ones to see the improvements. Wi-Fi will also improve for convention centers and other conference locations where large groups of people utilize Wi-Fi in a small space.
For those who enjoy the internet just for play, they will also benefit. Speed will improve in homes where more than one person is on a network or multiple devices are connecting.
The FCC is going to make as much as 195 megahertz available, which is the biggest increase since 2003 and should make a difference for many users.
Government agencies have been looking at the internet and use of Wi-Fi for several reasons lately. The FAA conducted research into the possibility that cell phones do not need to be shut off during take off and landing in an airplane. That would make a difference to anyone who flies on a regular basis, but this step from the FCC would make an even bigger impact to more people.
As more people continue to use the internet and in more areas with the growth of mobile devices, Wi-Fi speed and capacity will continue to be a concern to be addressed.
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