FCC to hold big 5G auction, spend $20 bil

FCC to hold big 5G auction, spend $20 bil

Today the FCC announced plans to spend $20.4 billion on efforts to bring broadband to 4 million rural American homes.

The race to 5G was already but now it has got an official seal of approval from the world's most "powerful man". The rollout started last week in the USA and South Korea but will take years.

President Trump announced plans Friday to open up more of the USA airwave spectrum to 5G networks, saying America must win the race for high-speed wireless supremacy.

President Donald Trump said the US government would free up much wireless spectrum and build better infrastructure to take a leadership in 5G network. 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. For example, 4G LTE networks helped create the ride-sharing industry, which has turned Uber and Lyft into multi-billion dollar companies.

FILE - Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai answers a question from a reporter in Washington, Dec. 14, 2017.

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According to FCC chairman, American wireless carriers would be bidding for as much as 3.4 gigahertz of "millimeter-wave" spectrum starting on December 10 this year.

To accelerate and incentivize these investments, my administration is freeing up as much wireless spectrum as needed [.] removing regularity barriers to the buildout of networks.

On Friday morning, the FCC announced a new plan to roll out high-speed broadband to rural communities through the creation of the commission's new Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. Trump revealed that 92 5G markets will be ready in the U.S. by the end of the 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. He also took the opportunity to discuss Huawei.

Since November, the FCC has auctioned 1,550 megahertz of spectrum to be used by commercial wireless providers for 5G connectivity. The U.S. government has effectively banned the Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei in the majority of U.S. networks due to concerns about Chinese government spying and has pressured allies to do the same as they build out 5G. The current rules “impair the ability of users to deploy small, next-generation networking devices on their own property, ” The proposed changes would allow private property owners to install “hub and relay antennas” to expand the reach of 5G.

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