Bandwidth demand continues to rise as more and more devices are becoming “smarter” and thus constant connectivity. The future calls for an improvement in Wi-Fi standards and this is something that the FCC and the wireless industry are working on. The Federal Communications Commission has now proposed opening up new spectrum which will allow for gigabit Wi-Fi.


The FCC has proposed opening up the 5,925 to 7,125 MHz spectrum which is commonly referred to as the 6 gigahertz band. The proposal hasn’t been made public as yet but the commissioners are reportedly optimistic. The wireless industry is said to have been meeting with the FCC on moving forward with the opening up of this spectrum.

“It also offers an opportunity to introduce wider channels—channels that will be able to take advantage of the new 802.11ax or Wi-Fi 6 standard and deliver speeds even faster than 1 gigabit per second. In other words, this is how we develop next-generation Gigabit Wi-Fi,” said Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel in a statement.

She also pointed out the opportunities that still exist in other bands that the FCC hasn’t been looking at closely. They could be utilized for a wide variety of other devices that also require connectivity such as smart home devices and security cameras. After all, these devices need not be on the same bands that will be used for gigabit downloads.

The FCC is yet to confirm when its official proposal regarding the opening up of new spectrum will be made public.

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