Published: Sat, April 13, 2019

FCC to Auction Additional 5G Spectrum, Boost Rural Internet

FCC to Auction Additional 5G Spectrum, Boost Rural Internet

The agency also plans to create a "Rural Digital Opportunity Fund" (RDOF) to spend roughly $20 billion over a decade on rural broadband. "We can not allow any other country to outcompete the United States in this powerful industry of the future", said President Trump.

"We want Americans to be the first to benefit from this digital revolution", he said.

Pai said in a statement that the auction will begin December 10 and offer the broadest set of frequencies yet for 5G use. "It won't be almost as good, almost as fast".

"The race to 5G is a race that American must win", Trump said.

In a bid to speed up development, the FCC is also capping fees and permitting requirements wireless companies must abide by to construct millions of antennas needed to deploy 5G connectivity. By next year, Mr. Trump claimed, the USA should boast more 5G spectrum than any other country. The U.S. has been warning allies that the global leader in networking equipment could be asked to spy for the communist Chinese government at any time.

The Federal Communications Commission said Friday that it would hold the largest auction in United States history, of 3,400 megahertz, to boost wireless companies' networks.


"5G networks must be secured".

President Donald Trump and the Federal Communications Commission are preparing to announce a major push for fifth generation mobile development in an effort to leapfrog ahead of China in that area, Axios reported Friday.

Pai explained the technologies should give the US a "leg up" as the USA competes around the world. It has effectively banned Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei from most USA networks due to concerns that it might enable Chinese government spying, which Huawei denies.

"Qualcomm is the country's only hope for 5G and 6G leadership and with the FTC about to potentially hobble it, the USA will never be a leader, China will", predicted Morehead, a former industry executive.

Trump shakes hands with FCC chairman Ajit Pai during an event on the deployment of 5G technology in the United States, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Friday.

Verizon Communications Inc, AT&T Corp, Sprint Corp and T Mobile US Inc are beginning to deploy 5G service in USA cities and are working to extend their networks as 5G-compatible phones slowly become available. Huawei is the world's largest maker of such equipment. Verizon recently flipped the switch on mobile 5G in Chicago and Minneapolis, and the network can be accessed using the Moto Z3 with the 5G Moto Mod. T-Mobile and Sprint will launch their 5G services later this year. Pai said consideration is "ongoing" without offering a deadline for a decision.

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