February 13, 2003 By Tod Newcombe
Under the compromise, the military will endorse proposals to nearly double the amount of wireless frequencies, which will permit more Internet traffic. Wi-Fi has emerged has as an attractive technology for providing public access to the Internet in public areas. A number of cities have been sponsoring and supporting Wi-Fi hotspots in their communities.
In January, the Federal Communications Commission raised the idea of opening up unlicensed parts of the broadcast television spectrum for use by Wi-Fi devices. The Department of Defense was concerned that the proliferation of Wi-Fi products and networks could interfere with the military's use of radar because some regions of the spectrum in which Wi-Fi and radar operate overlap.
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