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Feds poised to open more airwaves for Wi-Fi

Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the F.C.C.
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Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the F.C.C.

Wi-Fi networks could get a lot less crowded soon under a proposal set to be approved later this month by federal regulators that would provide more airwaves for wireless devices.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed changing some technical standards on some airwaves currently used by satellite phone provider Globalstar so they can also be used by unlicensed Wi-Fi devices. The agency is expected to approve the plan at a March 31 meeting.

The agency began looking at using those airwaves for Wi-Fi last year as part of a broader review of how it could free up more spectrum for unlicensed use.

Re/code has the whole story.

By Amy Schatz, Re/code.net.

CNBC's parent NBC Universal is an investor in Re/code's parent Revere Digital, and the companies have a content-sharing arrangement.

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