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The Telecom Digest for February 23, 2013
Volume 32 : Issue 48 : "text" Format
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Re: FCC moves to free up nation's Wi-Fi networks (Scott Dorsey)

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Date: 22 Feb 2013 11:20:12 -0500 From: kludge@panix.com (Scott Dorsey) To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Re: FCC moves to free up nation's Wi-Fi networks Message-ID: <kg85rs$ddd$1@panix2.panix.com> Thad Floryan <thad@thadlabs.com> wrote: > >High-frequency spectrum chunk: > >http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2013/db0220/FCC-13-21A1.pdf > This does not appear to be the right docket, this is for permitting cell phone boosters. >Gary Shapiro Consumer Electronics Association CEO statement: > >http://www.ce.org/News/News-Releases/Press-Releases/2013-Press-Releases/CEA-Commends-FCC-Action-to-Increase-Wi-Fi-Deployme.aspx > > >New York Times article: > >http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/21/technology/fcc-moves-to-ease-wireless-congestion.html > These articles are very interesting, in part because they don't really talk about what the spectrum being reallocated is, although the second one mentions some of it. >***** Moderator's Note ***** > >802.11A devices already use channels in the 5 GHz range. How is this different? Basically, adjacent to the ISM band, there is a government band. The primary allocation of that government band is to the FAA where it was originally intended to be used for the microwave landing system, which never really got off the ground. Because the FAA didn't use the spectrum and because it's near an ISM band with cheap and easily modified hardware, a number of other government users have obtained allocations in that band on a onesie-twosie basis. So basically this is a matter of the FCC taking NTIA bandwidth which is underutilized [...], and joining it into the existing ISM band used for WiFi. Contrary to the frequent claims of the press, bandwidth cannot be created, it can only be taken from one user and given to another. --scott - - "C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis." ***** Moderator's Note ***** If the Microwave Landing System never got off the ground, wasn't it doomed to start with? Bill Horne Moderator
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