Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Tech | By Anita Cain

FCC, President Unveil 5G Plan In America

FCC, President Unveil 5G Plan In America

But FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said in her Twitter account on Friday, "from imposing tariffs on 5G equipment to alienating allies on 5G security to falling behind the rest of the world on critical mid-band spectrum", the Trump administration has yet to offer a workable plan for US leadership.

In an event at the White House Friday, President Trump and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced two initiatives to "ensure USA leadership" in connectivity.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai said that American wireless carriers would be bidding for as much as 3.4 gigahertz of "millimeter-wave" spectrum starting on December 10 this year.

"We want Americans to be the first to benefit from this new digital revolution while protecting our innovators and our citizens", said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. The race to lead the 5G race is one that President Trump fully intends to win, especially with the economic boosts and jobs that come with bringing high-speed internet to customers in rural parts of the US. The so-called "Rural Digital Opportunity Fund" could launch later this year after a period of public notice and comment.

The jockeying for a position with China over 5G.

Pai said the FCC still needs to go through the notice and comment process on the proposal, but he wants the funding to be given to companies through a reverse auction.

Proponents say the advances that 5G offers over 4G LTE will eventually enable mobile download speeds of up to 1,000 megabits per second - roughly 100 times faster than the current standard - and pave the way for new technologies such as self-driving cars and virtual reality.

South Korea last week switched on its nationwide 5G network.

The United States is aiming to be a leader in wireless connectivity.

The millimeter-wave spectrum or high-band spectrum to be auctioned off refers to frequencies above 24 GHz. Pai declared 5G an American success story. Networks must be secured.

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 US communications networks.

The FCC plans to spend $2 billion a year on rural internet over the next decade in an effort to expand rural American internet. The bands to be auctioned later this year include the Upper 37GHz, 39GHz, and 47GHz spectrum bands. Pai said consideration is "ongoing" without offering a deadline for a decision.

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