5.1. Describe standards associated with wireless media (including IEEE WI-FI Alliance, ITU/FCC)

Various agencies have been around for a very long time to help govern the use of wireless devices, frequencies, standards, and how the frequency spectrums are used. Table 5.1 shows the current agencies that help create, maintain, and even enforce wireless standards worldwide.

Because WLANs transmit over radio frequencies, they're regulated by the same types of laws used to govern things like AM/FM radios. It's the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that regulates the use of wireless LAN devices, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) takes it from there and creates standards based on what frequencies the FCC releases ...

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