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 strategy to Facilitate America's Superiority in 5G Technology (the 5G FAST Plan). The Chairman's strategy includes three key components: (1) pushing more spectrum into the marketplace; (2) updating infrastructure policy; and (3) modernizing outdated regulations.

 
"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

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.

  • High-band: The FCC has made auctioning high-band, millimeter-wave spectrum a priority. The FCC will hold its first 5G spectrum auctions this year in the 28 GHz and 24 GHz bands. In 2019, the FCC will auction the upper 37 GHz, 39 GHz, and 47 GHz bands. With these auctions, the FCC will release almost 5 gigahertz of 5G spectrum into the market—more than all other flexible use bands combined. And we are working to free up another 2.75 gigahertz of 5G spectrum in the 26 and 42 GHz bands.
  • Mid-band: Mid-band spectrum has become a target for 5G buildout given its balanced coverage and capacity characteristics. With our work on the 2.5 GHz, 3.5 GHz, and 3.7-4.2 GHz bands, we could make up to 844 megahertz available for 5G deployments.
  • Low-band: The FCC is acting to improve use of low-band spectrum (useful for wider coverage) for 5G services, with targeted changes to the 600 MHz, 800 MHz, and 900 MHz bands.
  • Unlicensed: Recognizing that unlicensed spectrum will be important for 5G, the agency is creating new opportunities for the next generation of Wi-Fi in the 6 GHz and above 95 GHz band.

Infrastructure Policy

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.

The FCC is updating infrastructure policy and encouraging the private sector to invest in 5G networks.

  • Speeding Up Federal Review of Small Cells: The FCC adopted new rules that will reduce federal regulatory impediments to deploying the small-cell infrastructure needed for 5G (as opposed to large cell towers) and help to expand the reach of 5G for faster, more reliable wireless service.
  • Speeding Up State and Local Review of Small Cells: The FCC has reformed rules designed decades ago to accommodate small cells. The reforms ban short-sighted municipal roadblocks that have the effect of prohibiting deployment of 5G and give states and localities a reasonable deadline to approve or disapprove small-cell siting applications.

Modernizing Outdated Regulations

The FCC is modernizing outdated regulations to promote 5G backhaul and digital opportunity for all Americans.

  • Restoring Internet Freedom: To lead the world in 5G, the United States needs to encourage investment and innovation while protecting Internet openness and freedom. The FCC adopted the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, which sets a consistent national policy for Internet providers.
  • One-Touch Make-Ready: The FCC has updated its rules governing the attachment of new network equipment to utility poles in order to reduce cost and speed up the process for 5G backhaul deployment.
  • Speeding the IP Transition: The FCC has revised its rules to make it easier for companies to invest in next-generation networks and services instead of the fading networks of the past.
  • Business Data Services: In order to incentivize investment in modern fiber networks, the FCC updated rules for high-speed, dedicated services by lifting rate regulation where appropriate.
  • Supply Chain Integrity: The FCC has proposed to prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to purchase equipment or services from companies that pose a national security threat to the integrity of American communications networks or the communications supply chain.

 

Rulemakings

September 26, 2018 - News Release
FCC Streamlines Deployment of Next Generation Wireless Infrastructure

August 3, 2018 - Public Notice
FCC Establishes Procedures for First 5G Spectrum Auctions

August 3, 2018 - FNPRM
FCC Proposes Steps Towards Auction of 37 GHz, 39 GHz, and 47 GHz Bands

August 2, 2018 - News Release
FCC Speeds Access to Utility Poles to Promote Broadband, 5G Deployment

July 13, 2018 - Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Order
FCC Expands Flexible Use of Mid-band Spectrum

June 7, 2018 - News Release
FCC Takes Next Steps to Open Spectrum Frontiers for 5G Connectivity

May 10, 2018 - News Release
FCC Seeks to Transform 2.5 GHz Band for NextGen 5G Connectivity

April 17, 2018 - Public Notice
Spectrum Frontiers Auction Comment PN

March 30, 2018 - Report and Order
FCC Acts to Speed Deployment of Next-Gen Wireless Infrastructure

March 1, 2018 - Public Draft
Proposed Rules to Streamline Wireless Infrastructure Deployment

February 23, 2018 - Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
FCC Looks to Speed Introduction of Innovative Technologies & Services

February 28, 2018 - Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
FCC Proposes to Open Spectrum Horizons for New Services & Technologies

November 27, 2017 - Report and Order
FCC Takes Steps to Facilitate Next Generation Wireless Technologies in Spectrum Above 24 GHz

August 3, 2017 - Notice of Inquiry
Expanding Flexible Use in Mid-Band Spectrum Between 3.7 and 24 GHz

October 24, 2017 - Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
FCC Moves to Promote Investment in the 3.5 GHz Band

April 21, 2017 - Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry
Accelerating Wireless Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment

December 14, 2017 - Public Notice
FCC Seeks Comment on Plan to Ease Collocations on Twilight Towers

November 17, 2017 - Report and Order
FCC Streamlines Requirements for Utility Pole Replacements

April 28, 2017 - Report and Order
FCC Advances Competition, Investment in Business Data Services Market

January 4, 2018 - Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order, and Order
FCC Releases Restoring Internet Freedom Order

April 21, 2017 - Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Accelerating Wireline Broadband Infrastructure Deployment

News & Speeches

September 24, 2018 - News Release
Local Government Support Builds for Carr's 5G Order

September 13, 2018 - News Release
Carr to Visit Arizona for 5G Events with Mayor and State Lawmaker

September 5, 2018 - News Release
Economists: Carr's 5G Order Saves $2B, Stimulates $2.4B Investment

September 4, 2018 - News Release
Carr Announces Next 5G Order in Indiana Statehouse Speech

September 4, 2018 - Speech
Carr Speech in Indianapolis, 'Grassroots Leadership on 5G'

August 1, 2018 - News Release
What They're Saying: Chairman Pai's One-Touch Make-Ready Proposal

May 23, 2018 - Speech
Chairman Pai's Wireless Infrastructure Assoc. Connectivity Expo Speech

May 16, 2018 - Editorial
Florida is on the leading edge of 5G

February 26, 2018 - Speech
Remarks of Chairman Pai at the Mobile World Congress 2018

Jun 14, 2017 - Public Notice
Incentive Auction Task Force and Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Grants 600 MHz Licenses

January 31, 2017 - News Release
Chairman Pai Forms Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee

February 28, 2018 - Speech
Remarks of Commissioner Brendan Carr to Ensure the US is 5G Ready

June 21, 2017 - Editorial
Chairman Pai Op-ed: How the U.S. can win the digital future

April 21, 2017 - Speech
Chairman Pai Opens First Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Meeting

Apr 6, 2017 - News Release
Chairman Pai Announces Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee Members

November 21, 2017 - Editorial
Chairman Pai Op-ed: How the FCC Can Save the Open Internet

January 4, 2018 - Statement
Chairman Pai Statement on Restoring Internet Freedom

April 26, 2017 - Speech
Chairman Pai Speech on the Future of Internet Regulation

April 28, 2017 - Statement
Chairman Pai Statement on Business Data Services

February 28, 2017 - Speech
Chairman Pai's Keynote Address to Mobile World Congress 2017