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Carmakers Oppose Opening Up 5GHZ Spectrum Space For Unlicensed Wi-Fi 186

s122604 writes "Automakers aren't too happy about a recent U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposal, which uses part of the wireless spectrum assigned to vehicle-to-vehicle technology for Wi-Fi instead. The FCC announced that it plans to free up 195 MHz of spectrum in the 5 GHz band for unlicensed use in an effort to address the U.S.' spectrum crisis. This could potentially lead to Wi-Fi speeds faster than 1 gigabit per second."
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Carmakers Oppose Opening Up 5GHZ Spectrum Space For Unlicensed Wi-Fi

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  • by Immostlyharmless ( 1311531 ) on Friday February 22, 2013 @09:19PM (#42986735)
    My router at home does N speeds of 300 megs and is attached to 16 meg cable, Do I really NEED to connect to my router at over 1 gig speeds if the cable modem it's connected to is still linked to the same half arsed, capped cable?
  • Show me the money (Score:4, Interesting)

    by goodmanj ( 234846 ) on Friday February 22, 2013 @10:14PM (#42987023)

    I'm one of those pinko liberal democrats. But where electromagnetic spectrum is concerned, I'm as mercenary as they come.

    If car makers want spectrum, they can buy it just like everybody else. The FCC should put the entire radio spectrum up for sale to the highest bidder on a rotating 10-year cycle, nothing exempt except for a few bands set aside for emergency services, military, and scientific use.

    FM radio, TV, taxicabs, ham radio, I don't care: if you want exclusive use of a slice of spectrum, you form a coalition of like-minded people willing to pay for it. If somebody else wants to pay more, go find a better business model.

  • by PopeRatzo ( 965947 ) on Friday February 22, 2013 @11:05PM (#42987217) Journal

    The public should have dibs on some of that.

    But..but..Job Creators!

    They oppose the public having any access to the spectrum for the same reason all the major corporate entities don't want you to have access to any nice things without they get get a nickel in they pocket for it.

    They let the internet get away from them and they vowed to never let it happen again. In their minds, the internet should have been cable television on steroids, not some big open bazaar where people can post blogs calling them assholes. They got caught with their pants down on that one, and they'll be damned if they're going to let it happen again.

    Oh, and eternal copyright. Because they can.

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