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War of the WiFi 6 GHz band to be decided by January

A standoff between the communications and energy sectors looms as the FCC looks likely to approve a spectrum-sharing proposal for WiFi in the 6 GHz band. However, the expansion of spectrum to additional wireless devices faces opposition from utilities with the backing of the US Department of Energy, forcing chip major Broadcom to spout the benefits that 6 GHz WiFi will bring. WiFi chip makers believe the decision will lead to improved quality and capacity by avoiding interference from legacy devices, while the utilities players argue that sliding in WiFi alongside critical energy use cases will disrupt communications. However, the proposal will allow only devices supporting the latest WiFi 6 standard (802.11ax) to operate in 6 GHz, therefore removing any…

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