FCC to Open Military Frequencies to Wireless Users
The demand for wireless connectivity is on the rise, but frequencies to run those connections on are limited and getting very clogged up by the rush of daily traffic. This week, the FCC proposed a way to ratify this wireless data congestion by opening up military frequencies to be used by public communication networks.
Typically, the frequencies proposed by the Federal Communications Commission are used by the Defense Department in order to transmit military radar signals. Although normally used for Naval shipboard radar, the FCC maintains that the 3.5 GHz spectrum could be responsibly used by public companies without causing damage or interference.
Early this week, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler announced that the commission was going forward with this plan to free up more wireless spectrum by implementing a frequency-sharing policy. Speaking about the innovation, Wheeler emphasized the USA’s need for serious network modernization, as well as a reform of the country’s wireless spectrum policies. In order for mobile technology to progress further, Wheeler stressed the need for better wireless networks.
“While mobile connectivity has already revolutionized out world in multiple ways, the fact of the matter is we’re just getting warmed up,” the FCC chairman explained.