FCC opens 100 MHz of spectrum in 5 GHz band for unlicensed use

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has just approved new rules that will open 100 MHz of spectrum in the 5 GHz band for unlicensed use. The FCC removed the indoor-only restriction thereby allowing providers to use the frequency band for outdoor Wi-Fi networks. The rules protect incumbent users of the band by requiring companies to inform the FCC if they are deploying more than 1,000 APs and by forcing manufacturers to secure the software in devices that will use the frequency band to prevent modifications that would cause interference.

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