FCC and White House set to announce 5G push

Gerardo Harmon
April 15, 2019

This afternoon President Trump and the FCC announced several initiatives to spur 5G network growth in the U.S.

Also this afternoon, the FCC announced the largest auction of spectrum in USA history. For this reason, we urge Congress to press Chairman Pai for further details, and to work on new funding for rural broadband in accordance with the principles developed by the Broadband Connects America Coalition. Now it is being used to promote internet services in rural America. "I don't know if it's going to be better - maybe you're happy right now - but I'm going to say, technologically, it won't even be close". The agency said that the auction is "critical to ensuring US leadership in 5G". Each year for the next decade, $2 billion dollars would go toward rural carriers to build out the broadband network.

Rosenworcel also criticized the Trump administration's broader 5G policies.

The proposed new regulations would allow “Fixed Satellite Service operators to provide faster, more advanced services to their customers” by employing a 50 GHz band. The commission will sell millimeter-wave spectrum at three different frequency bands: 37 gigahertz, 39 GHz and 47 GHz.

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For more than a year, the White House has been mulling an executive order that would direct the Commerce Department to block US companies from buying equipment from foreign telecommunications makers that pose significant national security risks, Reuters reported in December.

The airwave auction will be held on December 10.

President Trump shot down the idea of a nationalized 5G network at the White House event on Friday.

"WISPA hails the intensified focus on bettering rural connectivity, which will help country farmers receive the same evolving level of broadband services and connectivity as city financiers", said the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association, in a statement.

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It will take years to roll out, and the highest data speeds and capacities may not reach rural areas at all.

The FCC since March 2018 has also been considering rules to bar the use of funds from a government program to purchase equipment or services from companies that pose a security threat to USA communications networks.

The chairman said, "We believe that the security and reliability of 5G is absolutely important, not just as a matter of national competitiveness, but also as a matter of national security".

Pai said Friday he is committed to making airwaves of all types a priority.

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