The FCC announced on Monday that it was freeing up more of the airwaves for Wi-Fi usage in the United States. A lobbying group, WifiForward – which consists of industry partners such as Google, Best Buy, Microsoft, and others – has been advocating the opening of unlicensed frequencies since the group’s forming in February.
Today, the FCC voted unanimously to unleash more unlicensed spectrum will support all the things we already use and further drive investment and experimentation—a 50% increase in spectrum available for Wi-Fi, to be exact. Consumer devices are already equipped to operate in the band, so they can easily be adapted to quickly take advantage of new 5 GHz channels. And a new Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ac, has just been approved for the 5 GHz band. 802.11ac’s wide channels will allow for a better consumer experience.
802.11ac was introduced in Apple’s Mac lineup in 2013, and will likely be included in the iPhone 6 later this year.