Spectrum & Wi-Fi
The Future of Commercial Spectrum
Wireless spectrum has transformed connectivity. As fixed and mobile networks continue to converge and get even busier, the airwaves that power our wireless digital lives are increasingly critical. Since consumer appetite for connectivity is continually growing, our country requires a smart, balanced approach to spectrum management so technologies like Wi-Fi and other wireless innovations can run efficiently.
Four Categories of Commercial Spectrum
Spectrum management and regulation
Radiofrequency spectrum — or airwaves — carries wireless communications signals. Spectrum management is key to prevent harmful interference and ensure efficient use. The FCC categorizes spectrum based on who uses it -- federal (e.g. the military) and non-federal (e.g. commercial providers) and how it is used (wireless, satellite, amateur radio, etc). Consumer electronics operate via commercial spectrum which has its own sub-categories of use.
Rights to airwaves that are granted to an individual company or user by the FCC through auction or registration by the FCC
Anyone is allowed to operate provided that their equipment conforms to certain technical rules
Coexistence rules facilitate sharing among different kinds of commercial users or commercial/ government users in the same band
Class of users permitted to operate without the burden of obtaining an individual license