September 30, 2014

OMB approval eliminates regulatory hurdle to Wi-Fi use at 5150-5250 MHz

From: FierceWirelessTech

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The final section of new rules opening up the 5.15-5.25 GHz band for broader Wi-Fi use has now been enacted after being vetted by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

In March 2014, the FCC lifted the prohibition on outdoor Wi-Fi operations in the U-NII-1 band and also increased allowable power levels in the band. The commission’s order allows the use, under certain conditions, of existing Wi-Fi equipment designed to operate in the commonly used U-NII-3 band (5.725-5.825 MHz) in the newly opened U-NII-1 band (5150-5250 MHz).

CommLawBlog reported that all but one of the new rules–that being Section 15.207(j)–took effect in June. However, the OMB needed to examine that section because it involves “information collections” that are covered by the Paperwork Reduction Act. According to the Federal Register, on Aug. 27, 2014, OMB approved, for a period of three years, the section’s information collection requirements.

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