Comcast applauds the FCC’s unanimous vote proposing to permit unlicensed services in part of the 5.9 GHz band. As we continue to invest in and increase the performance of our gigabit broadband networks, the FCC’s decision to make the 5.9 GHz band available expeditiously will ensure that the Wi-Fi capacity our customers rely on will continue to match the capabilities of our world-class broadband networks. The strong bipartisan support for this item speaks volumes about the importance of this proceeding. The Commission’s compromise proposal is a major step toward delivering next-generation broadband connectivity and strengthening the foundation for 5G, while clearing the path for modern automotive-safety technologies.

Tony Werner is President, TPX – Technology, Product, Xperience of Comcast Cable.