WASHINGTON, DC – House Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) today welcomed today’s unanimous decision by the Federal Communications Commission to make 100 megahertz of the 5 GHz spectrum band available for unlicensed use. The subcommittee held a hearing last year to discuss the administration’s progress on making more spectrum available in the 5 GHz band.
“As part of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, the commission was charged with exploring additional spectrum for unlicensed use in the 5 GHz band,” said Walden. “Today’s announcement is a significant step toward unleashing the potential of 5 GHz WiFi, while minimizing the risk of interference. This additional unlicensed spectrum will help grow our economy, create jobs, and provide more WiFi for mobile devices on which so many consumers rely.”