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Communications Government

FCC Proposal To Limit Access To 5725-5850 MHz Band 112

New submitter thittesd0375 (1111917) writes New rules adopted by the FCC will greatly limit the amount of bandwidth available in the unlicensed U-NII band used to deliver internet to rural areas. The filters required to comply with the new rules would shrink the available frequencies from 125MHz to only 45MHz. Petitions to reconsider this ruling can be submitted here and previous petitions can be found here.
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FCC Proposal To Limit Access To 5725-5850 MHz Band

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  • by Joe Gillian (3683399) on Thursday July 03, 2014 @02:07PM (#47378315)

    According to the FCC's ruling, they did it to stop Wi-Fi signals interfering with Doppler radar systems that use the same frequencies. This doesn't sound like Big Telco or Big Cableco are behind it.

  • Re:OP vs Reality (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 03, 2014 @03:10PM (#47378853)

    They used exact same argument about providing electricity to rural areas 100 years ago.

  • Re:OP vs Reality (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 03, 2014 @03:41PM (#47379111)

    Except that population density isn't an important factor. It is how they are distributed. A high or low population density doesn't tell you whether the population is strung out in rural areas or if they are all in one mega city in the middle of the state. A 200 sq. mile area with four cities each having 5k people and the same area with a single city containing 20k people have the same population density but who do you think is going to get better access?

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