FCC commissioner renews call for 5.9 GHz band for Wi-Fi

Speaking at the WiFi Now conference last week, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel told a group of industry representatives that the 5.9 GHz band is "our best near shot for having more Wi-Fi" and called for tests to ensure that it can be effectively used for this purpose.

Rosenworcel said the FCC was in the process of finding a way to allow Wi-Fi use to coexist with present users -- primarily the automobile industry -- in which 5.9 GHz is allocated for use in vehicle-to-vehicle communications, according to eWeek.

"I think it's a good time to act, that we look at that spectrum anew," Rosenworcel said. The commissioner also said that a test plan for the Wi-Fi and automotive sharing idea is due by the end of summer 2016 and that testing should begin in Oklahoma City and Raleigh, N.C. Article