The next generation of wireless connectivity-the fifth generation, or 5G-is a virtual cornerstone for critical 21st century opportunities related to economic growth, education, employment, transportation, and more. These new networks and technologies will enable new high speed, low latency wireless broadband services, the Internet of things, and innovations not yet imagined.

Future 5G networks will rely on three key elements: Spectrum, Infrastructure, and Backhaul. The FCC is taking steps in all of these areas to ensure that the U.S. will lead the world in the deployment of next-generation wireless technologies. This page includes information on the Commission's activities to increase the amount of spectrum for 5G networks and services, to reduce the barriers to wireless infrastructure deployment, and to ensure the competitive availability of backhaul.

THE 5G IMPERATIVE

SPEECH

Remarks of Chairman Wheeler on 'The Future of Wireless' - June 20, 2016

EVENT

Spectrum Frontiers Workshop - Mar 11, 2016
The FCC 's Office of Engineering and Technology, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, and the International Bureau hosted a workshop exploring the concepts raised in the Commission's Spectrum Frontiers NPRM and the state of technological developments in the millimeter wave (mmW) bands.

SPECTRUM

Spectrum is critical for next generation wireless networks. The Commission is focused on a strategy that will make more low, mid, and especially high-band spectrum available for 5G services. New technologies have unlocked the opportunity to use high-band airwaves and the Commission is acting quickly through its Spectrum Frontiers proceeding to make this spectrum available for new services.

SPEECH

Remarks of Chairman Wheeler at Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) – September 20, 2016

BLOG

Enhancing Experimentation and Innovation for 5G and Beyond - by Chief, Office of Engineering & Technology, Julius Knapp, Sept. 7, 2016
Experimentation is the foundation of innovation. For decades, the Commission has fostered wireless experimentation through its Experimental Radio Service, resulting in the development of new technologies that are fundamental to today's wireless networks, services, and devices.

SPECTRUM FRONTIERS (R&O and FNPRM) - July 14, 2016

RULEMAKING

FEDERAL REGISTER

FNPRM Publication

NEWS RELEASE

Remarks of Chairman Wheeler on 'The Future of Wireless' - June 20, 2016

FACT SHEET

Fact Sheet: Spectrum Frontiers Proposal to Identify, Open Up Vast Amounts of New High-Band Spectrum for Next Generation (5g) Wireless Broadband - July 14, 2016

BLOG

Unleashing Next-Generation Networks - by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, June 23, 2016
Communications technology is constantly evolving, and the FCC's job is to facilitate this progress and maximize the benefits of these advancements for the American people. This governing principle animates much of the FCC's policy agenda and will be the unifying theme of the Commission's July open meeting.

FCC PROMOTES HIGHER FREQUENCY SPECTRUM FOR FUTURE WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY (NPRM) - Oct 23, 2015

RULEMAKING

NEWS RELEASE

FCC Promotes Higher Frequency Spectrum for Future Wireless Technology - Oct 22, 2015

NOI TO EXAMINE USE OF BANDS ABOVE 24 GHz FOR MOBILE BROADBAND (NOI) - Oct 17, 2014

RULEMAKING

NEWS RELEASE

FCC Examines the Use of New Frequency Bands for Mobile Services - Oct 17, 2014

INFRASTRUCTURE

5G communications depend on a robust physical backbone network that supports the data intensive uses that will expand exponentially in the coming years. 5G networks operate over a hybrid of both traditional macro cell towers and comparatively small deployments like small cells and distributed antenna systems. Small wireless facilities play a foundational role in advanced wireless networks because they can operate in areas where traditional towers are not feasible, they fill coverage gaps both indoors and outdoors, they increase capacity in densely populated areas, and they can be concealed.

Recognizing that high-speed wireless depends on high-speed deployment, the Commission has made strides in reducing or eliminating regulatory burdens where new facilities have no significant adverse impact on the environment or historic resources.

BLOG

Laying the Foundation for 5G: FCC Signs Agreement to Streamline Small Cell Deployments - by WTB Chief Jon Wilkins - August 9, 2016

NEWS RELEASE

Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Announces Execution of First Amendment to the Nationwide Programmatic Agreement for The Collocation of Wireless Antennas - August 6, 2016

EVENT

Distributed Antenna Systems and Small Cell Workshop - May 3, 2016
The Federal Communications Commission and National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors held a workshop on the deployment of distributed antenna systems (DAS) and small cells.

WIRELESS INFRASTRUCTURE (R&O) - October 21, 2014

RULEMAKING

NEWS RELEASE

FCC Boosts Wireless Broadband by Easing Infrastructure Burdens - October 17, 2014

WIRELESS INFRASTRUCTURE (NPRM) - September 26, 2013

RULEMAKING

NEWS RELEASE

FCC Proposes to Remove Barriers to Wireless Infrastructure - September 26, 2013

BACKHAUL

Next generation 5G networks will require sufficient access to backhaul to help enable the fiber-like speeds envisioned for wireless broadband. The Commission is in the process of reforming and modernizing its rules governing the $45 billion market for business data services, which include wireless backhaul. The Commission released a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on May 2, and Chairman Wheeler's goal is to enact new rules by the end of 2016. Protecting and advancing competition in the business data services market to ensure access to competitive backhaul services is key to the FCC's preparation for future deployment of 5G networks.

BUSINESS DATA SERVICES (Order & FNPRM) - May 2, 2016

RULEMAKING

NEWS RELEASE

FCC Seeks Comment on Framework to Advance Competition in the Business Data Services Market - April 28, 2016

 

MORE INFORMATION

The Commission wants to hear from you. If you're a broadband consumer, or a tower company, or a Tribal Nation, or a student, or anyone else with ideas about shrinking 5G deployment burdens, please let us know.

Infrastructure Contact:
Jeffrey Steinberg, Deputy Chief, Competition and Infrastructure Policy Division
(202) 418-0896
Jeffrey.Steinberg@fcc.gov

Policy/Spectrum Contact:
John Schauble, Deputy Chief, Broadband Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
(202) 418-1797
John.Schauble@fcc.gov
Michael Ha, Deputy Chief, Policy & Rules Division, Office of Engineering & Technology
(202) 418-2099
Michael.Ha@fcc.gov

Backhaul Contact:
Deena Shetler, Associate Chief, Wireline Competition Bureau
202-418-7296
Deena.Shetler@fcc.gov

Media Contact:
Neil Grace, Senior Communications Advisor
(202) 418-0506
Neil.Grace@fcc.gov