FCC Authorizes First 6 GHz Unlicensed Device
Tuesday, December 08, 2020 | Comments

The FCC authorized the first Wi-Fi device for use in the 6 GHz band. The authorization was made to Broadcom.

“Today, we get an exciting glimpse of America’s Wi-Fi future,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. “This is the FCC’s first authorization of a device to provide unlicensed services in the 6 GHz spectrum under the commission’s new rules. The commission cleared the way for such advances with its landmark action earlier this year, making up to 1,200 megahertz of spectrum available for higher powered unlicensed use. Today, we are starting to see the fruits of this work, and consumers will now start to benefit in a big way.”

Earlier this year, the FCC changed the 6 GHz rules to allow unlicensed use in the band. Public-safety and critical infrastructure organizations decried the decision, arguing that unlicensed use could lead to interference to critical communications already operating in the band. Several organizations filed legal actions seeking reconsideration of the rules.

“We expect Wi-Fi 6 to be over two and a half times faster than the current standard,” Pai said. “This will offer better performance for American consumers at a time when homes and businesses are increasingly reliant on Wi-Fi. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve all seen how Wi-Fi has enabled everything from work-at-home to telehealth to remote learning to streaming and gaming. Wi-Fi 6 will turbocharge each of these and more, and will also complement commercial 5G networks. Bottom line: The American consumer’s wireless experience is about to be transformed for the better.”

Find the authorization report for the Broadcom device here.

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