BEIJING, April 1 (UPI) — U.S. federal regulators plan to open up a new frequency for WiFi devices, according tomedia reports, in what could be a victory for Silicon Valley companies such as Google, Facebook and Apple. Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, plans to let the agency vote at a meeting on April 23rd to decide on new uses for so-called 6GHz radio waves, two people familiar with the matter said.
The two people declined to be identified because they were not authorized to discuss the matter before it was made public.
The FCC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Previously, utilities that use radio waves to manage the grid have said allowing WiFi to access the appropriate frequencies could cause interference and jeopardize the reliability of the grid. The debate followed after the FCC began considering opening up more wireless bands for broadband services and the upcoming 5G network. Last year, in presenting the new plan, Pai said the introduction of new frequencies “could be a big boost to the country’s future 5G network”.