FCC looks to boost Wi-Fi signals in stadiums and tunnels

The FCC said it adopted a report and order Wednesday that includes new rules governing the use of Wi-Fi signal boosters for use in stadiums, airports and tunnels. The new rules will impact cable operators such as Cablevision (NYSE: CVC), Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) and Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) that are investing in expanding their Wi-Fi networks.

Cable operators have deployed more than 100,000 WiFi hotspots nationwide, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association noted Wednesday. "Today's FCC action appropriately focuses on changes needed to help Wi-Fi grow and serve consumers' insatiable appetite for Internet services," NCTA said in a prepared statement.

The lobbying group also noted that existing Wi-Fi spectrum is "growing increasingly congested," and it called for more use of the 5 GHz band and additional unlicensed spectrum in other bands.

For more:
- see the FCC release

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