Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

FCC to auction additional 5G spectrum, boost rural internet

FCC to auction additional 5G spectrum, boost rural internet

The government's "5G Fast Plan" also highlighted its mission to support the widespread development of 5G with a special focus on rural America to help close the digital divide with a $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund.

Fifth generation mobile networks are the wireless telecommunications standards beyond the current 4G.

Trump said the 5G industry in the United States would be "private sector-driven and private sector-led", so the US government does not have to spend lots of money.

Pai said it will be the largest spectrum auction in USA history, "which will be critical to providing the airwaves necessary for carriers to deploy 5G wireless networks", said Pai. However, in contrast to the Trump administration's worldwide tour warning allies about the security dangers of implementing foreign technology in the development of 5G - the networks that will operate with lightning-speed connections - Trump did not specifically bring up China or its top telecom companies, Huawei and ZTE. AT&T already offers mobile 5G by invitation in 19 markets through the use of the Netgear Nighthawk 5G mobile hot spot. According to various estimates, 5G networks are expected by 2020.

5G will mean faster wireless speeds and has implications for technologies like self-driving cars and augmented reality. With 5G, a movie that takes minutes to download on your phone will load in seconds.

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Officials will also be unveiling the FCC's next big 5G push, announcing the "largest spectrum auction in American history", according to Pai. Starting on December 10th, carriers will be allowed to bid on "3,400MHz of Upper 37 GHz, 39GHz, and 47 GHz Bands".

"To accelerate and incentivize these investments, my administration is freeing up as much wireless spectrum as needed.

The work this administration's FCC has done to ensure America remains the world leader in internet and telecommunications technology will produce incalculable benefits for our economy for decades to come", Ken Cuccinelli, FreedomWorks Foundation Director of the Regulatory Action Center, said in a press statement.

"We had another alternative of doing it. leading through the government", he said.

While the USA leads in some key 5G-readiness metrics, China and other countries are ahead in making critical mid-band spectrum available for 5G, according to a report made in April by CTIA, a trade association representing the United States wireless communications industry and companies throughout the mobile ecosystem. The U.S. government has effectively banned the Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei in the majority of U.S. networks due to concerns about Chinese government spying and has pressured allies to do the same as they build out 5G.

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