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January 9, 2013 Matthew
STATEMENT OF COMMISSIONER AJIT PAI
ON MAKING ADDITIONAL SPECTRUM AVAILABLE FOR WI-FI
I applaud Chairman Genachowski for announcing that the Commission will soon launch a
proceeding to make available almost 200 MHz of spectrum for unlicensed use in the 5 GHz
band. The standard for next-generation Wi-Fi—IEEE 802.11ac—already exists and requires
large, contiguous swaths of spectrum for high-speed, high-capacity data transfers. Spectrum in
the 5 GHz spectrum is tailor-made for this innovative standard. The propagation of 5 GHz
spectrum is relatively short, which minimizes interference and makes 5 GHz perfect for common
unlicensed applications. Moreover, the technical attractiveness of this spectrum will encourage
manufacturers to invest in what consumers want: faster processing with less power consumption
at lower prices. I look forward to working with my colleagues to facilitate the rollout of next
generation Wi-Fi across the country.