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Charter Statement on Chairman Pai’s Plan For The 5.9 GHz Band

October 27, 2020

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The FCC’s plan for the 5.9 GHz band will transform the Wi-Fi experience, extending faster speeds and greater capacity to consumers across the country.

“The Commission’s upcoming action to open 5.9 GHz for unlicensed use represents a critical opportunity for consumers because, with the right rules in place, we will be able to leverage the 5 GHz Wi-Fi ecosystem already in place to deploy use of the new band very quickly,” said Craig Cowden, Senior Vice President of Wireless Technology at Charter Communications. “It couldn’t have come at a better time for our customers. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Wi-Fi has helped families stay connected and productive as they work, learn, access healthcare, and connect with friends and family from a distance, highlighting the urgent need for robust unlicensed spectrum resources to keep pace with continuously growing demand.”

Charter applauds the Chairman’s leadership and Commissioners Rosenworcel and O’Rielly’s tireless efforts to increase the availability of much-needed unlicensed spectrum, delivering a long-awaited win to consumers across the country.