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Bill would put WiFi and femtocells in all public federal buildings

first_imgSome may not consider Wi-Fi coverage to be a national concern, but two Senators do. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) introduced legislation on Friday which would require the General Services Administration (GSA) to install Wi-Fi and femtocell base stations in all public federal buildings. The belief is that in doing so there will be less of a burden on mobile broadband and voice networks since most phones support Wi-Fi connectivity and indoor connectivity would improve thanks to femtocell technology.If passed, the law would require all new federal buildings to be installed with Wi-Fi and femtocell base stations while existing buildings would be retrofitted by 2014. The work would be funded through the allocation of $15 million from the Federal Buildings Fund. Currently, the GSA owns or operates 9,000 public federal buildings.AdChoices广告On the legislation, Senator Snow is quoted as saying:With over 276 million wireless subscribers across our nation and growing demand for wireless broadband, it is imperative that we take steps to improve wireless communication capacity and this legislation will make measurable progress towards that goal. Given that approximately 60 percent of mobile Internet use and 40 percent of cell phone calls are completed indoors, utilizing technologies such as wi-fi and femtocells will dramatically improve coverage.The legislation compliments the FCC’s National Broadband Plan, released in March of this year, by streamlining the Federal rights-of-ways and wireless transmitter sitings to expedite the expansion of wireless and broadband infrastructure, especially in rural areas. Both were recommendations originally made in the National Broadband Plan.Read more at the press releaselast_img read more