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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

    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

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