In July 2006 Ofcom initiated a consultation on higher power limits for license exempt devices. One idea was that rural devices could have higher power limits. I'm not sure what Ofcom were thinking here, but I thought this was clearly unworkable:
- The increased interference on Bluetooth would make rural areas no-go regions for hands-free users;
- Wi-Fi devices would have to be location aware in order to meet standards.
- Consumers in rural areas don't need higher power. Current power restrictions allow standard Wi-Fi devices to cover a standard house and even larger houses can be covered by WDS compatible APs.
- Wi-Fi hotspot providers can use mesh.
Thankfully common sense has prevailed and they have rejected increasing the power limits for 2.4 GHz.