The Federal Communications Commission will vote on a proposed rule Monday that would require that all antennas in public buildings have a “toroidal coils” inductor equivalent to 2.2GHz, an equivalent frequency to the 2.5GHz spectrum used by smartphones and other wireless devices.
The proposed rule would require antennas to be equipped with inductors of the same size, shape, and frequency.
The FCC also is considering requiring antennas to use “resistor-free” designs.
The commission’s proposed rule comes in response to complaints from wireless carriers and consumer groups that wireless devices that use radio frequency (RF) communications use frequencies that are too low to be used for voice, video, and other applications.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the agency is considering the proposal.
“The current proposal would require all wireless communications devices to have inductors that are less than 2.6GHz, which we are concerned about because the 2 GHz band is often used for video, voice, and data transmission,” Pai said in a statement.
The proposal was first introduced in November and has received bipartisan support.
The move comes as the FCC faces a legislative onslaught in Congress and at the state level.
Earlier this year, a group of state attorneys general and advocacy groups sent a letter to the FCC warning it would be a threat to the country’s public safety if the FCC does not act.
Pai said he is not concerned about the groups’ concerns because he is a fan of “the 2.4 GHz band, especially for mobile devices.”
The commission will vote again on its rule on Monday.
The new rule would be on the books for two years.
FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn told The Associated Press that the agency’s proposal would allow the agency to respond to the public on the issue and could be the basis for further regulation.
“It’s a significant change in policy and I’m hopeful that we can work with the FCC to make it a more comprehensive regulation,” Clyburn said.
The Associated Media contributed to this report.