AccessMyLibrary provides FREE access to millions of articles from top publications available through your library.
With the Federal Communications Commission proposing to nearly double 802.11a's available bandwidth, Wi-Fi is on course to become as available as the air it travels through.
Posted last week, the FCC proposal would add 80 percent (255MHz) to the 300MHz of spectrum currently available in the 5GHz band. The additional spectrum would reside in the middle band, from 5.470GHz to 5.725GHz.
The change would offer many major benefits, according to the FCC.
"The additional bandwidth means you can have higher density of use in a given geographical area because there is much more spectrum available. It can also be channelized in many ways," said Edmond Thomas, chief of the office of engineering and technology at the FCC in Washington.
The bandwidth proposal would increase the number of channels 802.11a can operate on to 24. At present, IEEE …