The Chairman’s strategy includes three key components:
(1) pushing more spectrum into the marketplace;
(2) updating infrastructure policy;
(3) modernizing outdated regulations.
1. Pushing more Spectrum into the Marketplace
The FCC is taking action to make additional spectrum available for 5G services.
- High-band: The FCC has made auctioning high-band spectrum a priority. The FCC concluded its first 5G spectrum auction this year in the 28 GHz band, and its auction of 24 GHz spectrum is taking place right now. Later this year, the FCC will auction the upper 37 GHz, 39 GHz, and 47 GHz bands. With these auctions, the FCC will release almost 5 gigahertz of 5G spectrum into the market—more than all other flexible use bands combined.
- Mid-band: Mid-band spectrum has become a target for 5G buildout given its balanced coverage and capacity characteristics. With our work on the 2.5 GHz, 3.5 GHz, and 3.7-4.2 GHz bands, we could make more than 600 megahertz available for 5G deployments.
- Low-band: The FCC is acting to improve use of low-band spectrum (useful for wider coverage) for 5G services, with targeted changes to the 600 MHz, 800 MHz, and 900 MHz bands.
- Unlicensed: Recognizing that unlicensed spectrum will be important for 5G, the agency is creating new opportunities for the next generation of Wi-Fi in the 6 GHz and above 95 GHz band.
2. Updating Infrastructure Policy
The FCC is updating infrastructure policy and encouraging the private sector to invest in 5G networks.
- Speeding Up Federal Review of Infrastructure: The FCC adopted new rules that will reduce federal regulatory impediments to deploying infrastructure needed for 5G and help to expand the reach of 5G for faster, more reliable wireless service.
- Speeding Up State and Local Review of Small Cells: The FCC reformed rules designed decades ago to accommodate small cells. The reforms ban short-sighted municipal roadblocks that have the effect of prohibiting deployment of 5G and give states and localities a reasonable deadline to approve or disapprove small-cell siting applications.
3. Modernizing Outdated Regulations
The FCC is modernizing outdated regulations to promote the wired backbone of 5G networks and digital opportunity for all Americans.
- Restoring Internet Freedom: To lead the world in 5G, the United States needs to encourage investment and innovation while protecting Internet openness and freedom. The FCC adopted the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, which sets a consistent national policy for Internet providers.
- One-Touch Make-Ready: The FCC has updated its rules governing the attachment of new network equipment to utility poles in order to reduce cost and speed up the process for 5G backhaul deployment.
- Speeding the IP Transition: The FCC has revised its rules to make it easier for companies to invest in next-generation networks and services instead of the fading networks of the past.
- Business Data Services: In order to incentivize investment in modern fiber networks, the FCC updated rules for high-speed, dedicated services by lifting rate regulation where appropriate.
- Supply Chain Integrity: The FCC has proposed to prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to purchase equipment or services from companies that pose a national security threat to the integrity of American communications networks or the communications supply chain.
Want to Keep Pace with FCC’s Fast Plan?
As new developments occur they will be posted on the FCC 5G Fast Plan Enchantments page. So, consider this page to be Central Dispatch if you missed Chariman Pai’s announcement of the newly committed 5 Billion Dollar 5G Fund to provide 5G to Rural America, or you want to keep current with what 5G frequency auctions are underway, or you are just curious about the government rhetoric being used to keep Americans current with the FCC’s “strategy for realizing the promise of the 5G future.” as it “advances American 5G Leadership”.
If you are interested in keeping current with what his advisory committee is advising: here is the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Announcement page.
On the Other Hand …
The following two pdfs typify documents, petitions and statements from legal proceedings that have been brought before the FCC since the announcement of 5G was first made, among thousands other similar submits, outlining the dangers of 5G and calling for a halt of 5G deployment until adequate biological studies could be done.
However, as much as we look to our governing bodies to protect us, the FCC clearly defines its role as it is stated here, and not as a health watchdog of the technology consumer. Consumers then are advised to find trustworthy source of information in order to make informed decisions on their use of wireless technologies, like 5G.
“IRRADIATED A comprehensive compilation and analysis of the literature on radio frequency fields and the negative biological impacts of non-ionizing electromagnetic fields (particularly radio frequency fields) on biological organisms”.
416 page document takes the opposing side of the 5G question was provided by https://wirelessaction.wordpress.com, as part of a filing in an official FCC proceeding, and made pubic on the FCC.gov site at: https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/1060927842647/irradiated.pdf )
5G: Great risk for EU, U.S. and International Health! Compelling Evidence for Eight Distinct Types of Great Harm Caused by Electromagnetic Field (EMF)Exposures and the Mechanism that Causes Them.
90 page document submitted to the FCC and various FCC counterparts worldwide, written by Martin L. Pall, PhD Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Basic Medical Sciences Washington State University.