Industry Urges FCC To OK Spectrum Sharing For Medical Body Area Networks
This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet
Medical technology firms are asking the Federal Communications Commission to finalize a proposed rule that would allocate prime radiofrequency spectrum for non-exclusive use by wireless patient monitoring networks
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