WASHINGTON, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Telecommunications regulators are planning a push to increase wi
-fi speed in airports, convention centers and other major hubs where travelers often see download speeds slow to a maddening crawl.
Federal Communications Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday that the agency planned to free up unlicensed spectrum in the 5 gigahertz band in order to improve wi-fi service both in terms of speed and capacity.
It would be the largest block of unlicensed spectrum to be made available for expansion of wi-fi since 2003, the FCC said.
'As this spectrum comes on line, we expect it to relieve congested Wi-Fi networks at major hubs like convention centers and airports,' said Genachowski, according to a statement from the FCC.
'It will also help in homes as tablets and smartphones proliferate and video use rises,' he added. Improved HD video distribution capability will be among the benefits.
Genachowski said that the first steps to free up the spectrum would be taken in February.
(Reporting By Diane Bartz; Editing by Bernard Orr) Keywords: FCC WIFI/AIRPORTS
(Diane.Bartz@thomsonreuters.com)(1 202 898 8313)
COPYRIGHT Copyright Thomson Reuters 2013. All rights reserved. The copying, republication or redistribution of Reuters News Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Thomson Reuters.
Datafeed and UK data supplied by NETbuilder and Interactive Data.
While London South East do their best to maintain the high quality of the information displayed on this site,
we cannot be held responsible for any loss due to incorrect information found here. All information is provided free of charge, 'as-is', and you use it at your own risk!
The contents of all 'Chat' messages should not be construed as advice and represent the opinions of the authors, not those of London South East Limited, or its affiliates.
London South East does not authorise or approve this content, and reserves the right to remove items at its discretion.