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June 21, 2016

FCC to Vote on Rules for 5G Service Next Month

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote next month on new guidelines to pave the way for ultra-speedy 5G mobile services.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler this week is doling out to his fellow commission members proposed rules to identify and open up 14 gigahertz of high-band spectrum for 5G applications.

Dubbed the Spectrum Frontiers proceeding, the vote on the proposed guidelines is slated for July 14.

Laying the groundwork for 5G now is crucial to the U.S.’s future, Wheeler told the audience while speaking at the National Press Club Monday.

“To seize the opportunities before us, we need the next generation of wireless connectivity – a fifth generation, or 5G. And if the United States is going to continue to be a world leader in wireless, we need to speed the deployment of 5G, here, on our shores,” Wheeler said.

“Here’s the key – the interconnected world we live in today is the result of decisions we made a decade ago. The interconnected world of the future will be the result of decisions we must make today.”

If the FCC approves Wheeler’s proposal, the United States will be the first country to open up high-band spectrum to 5G networks.

“And that’s damn important because it means U.S. companies will be first out of the gate,” Wheeler added.

“We will be repeating the proven formula that made the United States the world leader in 4G. It’s a simple formula: Lead the world in spectrum availability, encourage and protect innovation-driving competition, and stay out of the way of technological development.”

5G networks will usher in greater capabilities for the cloud computing era, not to mention virtual and augmented reality. Already, U.S. wireless carriers like AT&T and Verizon are planning trials in 2017 with the first commercial service likely available in 2020.


Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.