The FCC proposal needs to go through a public comment period and is by no means a slam dunk as the military, the US Department of Homeland Security and others already use parts of that spectrum and have expressed concern about sharing it with commercial applications.
“Wi-Fi congestion is a very real and growing problem. Like licensed spectrum, demand for unlicensed spectrum threatens to outpace supply. The core challenge is the dramatically increased use of wireless devices, which require spectrum,” said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said at the agency’s monthly meeting in Washington. “This additional spectrum will increase speeds and alleviate Wi-Fi congestion at major hubs, such as airports, convention centers and large conference gatherings. In addition, this would also increase speed and capacity for Wi-Fi in the home where multiple users and devices are often on the network at the same time. Because the 5GHz band is already used for other purposes by both federal and non-federal users, the effort will require significant consultation with stakeholders to enable non-interfering shared use of the spectrum. But consultation can’t be an excuse for inaction or delay.”