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FCC Opens 6-GHz Band to Wi-Fi Top of Form.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted rules that make 1200 MHz of spectrum in the 6-GHz band (5.925-7.125 GHz) available for unlicensed use. These new rules will usher in Wi-Fi 6, the next generation of Wi-Fi, and play a major role in the growth of the Internet of Things. Wi-Fi 6 will be over 2.5X faster than the current standard and deliver improved performance. Opening the 6-GHz band for unlicensed use will also increase the amount of spectrum available for Wi-Fi by nearly a factor of five and help improve rural connectivity.

The 6 GHz band is currently populated by, among others, microwave services that are used to support utilities, public safety, and wireless backhaul. Unlicensed devices will share this spectrum with incumbent licensed services

The Report and Order authorizes indoor low-power operations over the full 1200 MHz and standard-power devices in 850 MHz of the 6 GHz band. An automated frequency coordination system will prevent standard power access points from operating where they could cause interference to incumbent services.

The Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeks comment on a proposal to permit very low-power devices to operate across the 6-GHz band to support high data-rate applications including high-performance, wearable, augmented-reality, and virtual-reality devices. The notice also seeks comment on increasing the power at which low-power indoor access points may operate.

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Title Annotation:INDUSTRY REPORT
Publication:EE-Evaluation Engineering
Date:May 1, 2020
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