FCC Investigating High-Frequency Next-Gen Wireless Networks

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If you've ever thought that 4G was a little slow for your liking, not to fear — everyone's favorite federal communications regulator has got your back. The FCC has issued a statement saying that it's looking into using super-high-frequency radio spectrums for future mobile broadband networks.

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The FCC statement says that previous limitations on uses of 24GHz (and above) spectrum are rapidly being removed by technological advancement, and as such the use of high frequencies for data transmission should be re-evaluated:

"By using innovative technologies that can simultaneously track and acquire multiple signals reflecting and ricocheting off obstacles in the physical environment, future devices might be able to leverage much higher frequency bands, those above 24GHz, for mobile applications. This technology could theoretically dramatically increase wireless broadband speeds and throughput – up to 10 gigabits per second."

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The net result is that the next generation of mobile networks, whenever that turns out to land, might see data transmission speeds an order of magnitude faster than 4G, and, if that 10 gigabit number turns out to be more than pure conjecture, faster than pretty much all cabled internet.

Interestingly, this follows hot on the heels of news that Google is trialling uses of the 2GHz spectrum, possibly for use in some kind of wireless network. That information was revealed in an FCC filing, so it's eminently possible that tech companies are already collaborating with the FCC on using high-frequency spectrum for 5G, whatever that turns out to be. Now, if they could just ensure that I could get a solid 3G connection when I'm trying to stream music on the highway, all would be well in the world. [FCC via The Register]

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sure maybe its faster internet speeds but with the current head of the fcc being a former lobbyist for big cable companies, we will just be charged more money for "packaged" internet services just like we are for channels these days. wanna use facebook at reasonable speeds or quite possibly at all? oh, too bad you didnt include the social networking bundle in your contract, sorry! cant wait to pay MORE money for steps back in functionality when increasing functionality in reality doesnt cost them a penny more. it just means a smaller profit margin, but hey, why give good service at a reasonable price for regular profit, wen you can give mediocre service while squeezing out every bit of money you can, right? seriously, every "improvement" they talk about almost always has a hidden exploitation behind it.