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FCC proposes to ease Wi-Fi airwaves logjam

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday took a step to relieve growing congestion on Wi-Fi networks in hotels, airports, and homes, where Americans increasingly use multiple data-hungry tablets, smartphones, and other devices for wireless communications.

The commission proposed making a large chunk of high-frequency airwaves, or spectrum, available for use by unlicensed devices, including Wi-Fi routers like those many Americans use in their homes.

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