5G Speedometer
The United States is moving swiftly to lead the world in the next generation of wireless connectivity—or 5G. These new networks and technologies will enable faster speeds and low-latency wireless broadband services, cultivating the Internet of Things and innovations not yet imagined.
Under Chairman Pai, the FCC is pursuing a comprehensive wireless strategy to ensure that the U.S. will lead the world in the deployment of next-generation wireless technologies.

 
"Forward-thinking spectrum policy, modern infrastructure policy, and market-based network regulation form the heart of our strategy for realizing the promise of the 5G future." – FCC Chairman Pai

Strategy

Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee

The Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee, formed by Chairman Pai in 2017, provides advice and recommendations for the Commission on how to accelerate the deployment of high-speed Internet access. See the latest BDAC news.

  • Spectrum: Forward-thinking spectrum policy is critical for next generation wireless networks. The FCC is focused on making additional low-, mid-, and high-band spectrum available for 5G services.
    • Low-band: Deploying service in 600 MHz bands post incentive auction.
    • Mid-band: Exploring a shared service framework in the 3.5 GHz band and developing next steps for terrestrial use in the 3.7 GHz band.
    • High-band: Unleashing spectrum at the frontiers of the spectrum chart, including pursuing millimeter wave spectrum for 5G terrestrial use and looking forward to spectrum auctions in 28 and 24 GHz bands.
  • Wireless Infrastructure: 5G communications will depend on robust infrastructure to support the data intensive uses that will expand exponentially in the coming years. 5G networks will operate over a hybrid of both traditional cell towers and comparatively small deployments, such as small cells. The FCC is working to eliminate unnecessary barriers to the efficient deployment of wireless infrastructure to support 5G.
  • Reducing Regulatory Barriers: The FCC is reducing regulatory barriers in order to encourage investment in the 5G networks of the future and bring digital opportunity to all Americans.

Rulemakings

News & Speeches