Wall Street Journal had reported back in February on the development of WifiForward, a new lobbying group that alleviates Wi-Fi congestion and supports making Wi-Fi better by looking for more unlicensed frequencies. Industry partners that are part of the group include Best Buy, Microsoft, Google, and a variety of others.
The FCC announced on Monday that they were opening up more airwaves for Wi-Fi usage in the U.S. WIFIForward stated the following in regards to the announcement:
Today, the FCC voted unanimously to unleash more unlicensed spectrum will support all the things we already use and further drive investment and experimentation—a 50% increase in spectrum available for Wi-Fi, to be exact. Consumer devices are already equipped to operate in the band, so they can easily be adapted to quickly take advantage of new 5 GHz channels. And a new Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ac, has just been approved for the 5 GHz band. 802.11ac’s wide channels will allow for a better consumer experience.