The Federal Communications Commission is set to take up key rules that will pave the way for auctioning airwaves to allow for 5G connectivity.
The FCC will vote on rules at its Aug. 2 meeting to clear the way to start bidding later in the fall.
Experts have said the move to 5G promises a huge broadband speed-up, making internet speeds as much as 100 times faster. The high-band spectrum that can handle higher amounts of data is needed for increased use of internet of things technology, connecting devices and infrastructure to each other, as well as data-intensive “smart” applications of the internet. It will also speed up connectivity for your average smart phone.
“With so many wanting so much spectrum for 5G, we’re moving as quickly as possible to make these bands available for commercial use,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai wrote in a post on Medium. “Adopting these rules will pave the way for auctioning these 5G-critical airwaves and allow us to start the bidding on November 14.”
In addition to auctions for the 28 GHz and 24 GHz bands at that time, Pai said the FCC was also planning a 2019 auction of three more millimeter-wave spectrum bands, the 37 GHz, 39 GHz, and 47 GHz bands.
“These are important steps that will help solidify U.S. leadership in 5G,” Pai said.
Today, the United States is moving swiftly to lead the world in the next generation of wireless connectivity—or 5G. Learn more about FCC efforts on 5G: https://t.co/lDE5AWyo4J
— The FCC (@FCC) July 11, 2018
The major internet carriers, companies like Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, will be looking to buy spectrum at the November auctions.
“We are very encouraged by Chairman Pai’s announcement that the FCC will auction three additional spectrum bands in 2019 to build on the first U.S. high band spectrum auction which will be held later this year,” Meredith Atwell Baker, president and CEO of the wireless industry group CTIA. “By making this spectrum available, the FCC is taking important steps toward ensuring America’s 5G global competitiveness, spurring our economy, and creating jobs.”
We applaud @AjitPaiFCC & @FCC for taking the next step toward making mid-band #spectrum in the 3.7-4.2 GHz band available to meet growing demand for #mobile broadband services. Statement: https://t.co/t3sWHXMmwZ pic.twitter.com/U0nOCSO5Uy
— CTIA (@CTIA) July 12, 2018