FCC chairman: '5G must be a national priority'

22 Jun 2016

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, speaking at the National Press Club, Washington, DC, has shared with the media his ‘Vision for US Leadership in a 5G World’. Mr Wheeler outlined plans to free up large swathes of spectrum for future 5G use, telling gathered journalists: ‘The interconnected world of the future will be the result of decisions we must make today. That is why 5G is a national priority, and why, this Thursday, I am circulating to my colleagues proposed new rules that will identify and open up vast amounts of spectrum for 5G applications. We call it the Spectrum Frontiers proceeding, and we will vote on it [on] 14 July.’

Wheeler added: ‘If the Commission approves my proposal next month, the United States will be the first country in the world to open up high-band spectrum for 5G networks and applications. And that’s damn important because it means US companies will be first out of the gate … Unlike some countries, we do not believe we should spend the next couple of years studying what 5G should be, how it should operate, and how to allocate spectrum, based on those assumptions … Turning innovators loose is far preferable to expecting committees and regulators to define the future.’

United States, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)