Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai has circulated draft rules permitting unlicensed devices to operate in the 6GHz band. The proposed rules – which will be voted on at the FCC’s Open Meeting on 23 April – would make 1,200MHz of spectrum available for unlicensed use. As per the arrangement, unlicensed devices would share the spectrum with incumbent licensed services.
Pai commented: ‘From Wi-Fi routers to home appliances, Americans’ everyday use of devices that connect to the internet over unlicensed spectrum has exploded. That trend will only continue. Cisco projects that nearly 60% of global mobile data traffic will be off-loaded to Wi-Fi by 2022. To accommodate that increase in Wi-Fi demand, the FCC is aiming to increase the supply of Wi-Fi spectrum with our boldest initiative yet: making the entire 6GHz band available for unlicensed use.’