The FCC Plans to Open Up More Spectrum For 5G Internet Use

Image of happy woman using laptop while sitting at cafe. Young african american woman sitting in a coffee shop and working on laptop.Today the FCC announced that they will propose changes to the rules governing the 3.1-3.55 GHz band that would allow for commercial use including the launch of 5G networks in that range.

The 3.5 GHz band holds the potential to be prime spectrum for 5G services, which would mean expanding the capabilities of bringing 5G Internet to homes and businesses across the US. The and the Commission has already scheduled the auction known as Auction 105 to open up for bidding on June 25, 2020.

“The demand for mid-band spectrum for broadband services, especially 5G, has grown dramatically in recent years. The MOBILE NOW Act, passed by Congress last year, requires the Commission and the Department of Commerce to make available new spectrum for mobile and fixed wireless broadband use, and further requires the Commission to work with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to evaluate whether commercial wireless services and federal incumbents could share use of mid-band spectrum between 3.1 and 3.55 GHz. Consistent with the Commission’s responsibilities under the MOBILE NOW Act, today’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is an initial step toward potential future shared use of this spectrum between federal operations and flexible use commercial services.” The FCC said in its announcement today.

Comcast, Amazon, and others have already started to test wireless internet in the 3.5 GHz range. Now sadly, this won’t happen overnight but it seems that the FCC is moving to help speed up the rollout of 5G home internet.

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