An expert panel of representatives from ARRIS, Motorola Mobility, the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, and IAVM member Steve Schwartz, senior research policy manager at Walter E. Washington Convention Center, spoke as part of today’s WifiForward Coalition breakfast held at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
The breakfast was held to raise awareness in the media for the efforts of the coalition (which IAVM is a part of) to encourage the FCC to support new research and help relieve the congestion faced across the current wireless spectrum and to support the expansion of unlicensed wireless to include the 5 Gigahertz spectrum.
Democratic FCC commissioner, Jessica Rosenworcel, wants to seize the day on expanding unlicensed spectrum in the lower 5 GHz band.
“We should seize this opportunity right now,” she told unlicensed advocacy group WifiForward this morning, according to excerpts of her remarks. “We can take the flexible Wi-Fi rules that have already been the script for an unlicensed success story in the 5.725-5.825 GHz band and expand them to the 5.15-5.25 GHz band. If we do, we could effectively double unlicensed bandwidth in the 5 GHz band overnight. That will mean more unlicensed service—and less congestion on licensed wireless networks. That’s win-win.”
If you’d like to join the conversation, you can follow the Coalition on Twitter: @WifiForward or follow this morning’s social media posts at the WifiForward Tumblr page here.
Learn more about IAVM’s participation in the coalition by reading my earlier blog post here.