The FAA Delays More Than Flights

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced last month that Verizon and AT&T have agreed to delay some C-Band 5G usage until July 2023, as air carriers work to ensure they will not face interference. Licensed spectrum forms the core of mobile networks, whose applications in fields like national security, education, health care and business offer technological […]

Policy Scholars Tell Senate: Auction 12 GHz Spectrum

Today, a number of public policy experts sent a letter to the U.S. Senate asking them to take the currently underutilized 12 GHz spectrum and put that spectrum up for auction. The letter supports the reuse of this spectrum for boosting 5G and 6G consumer services. You can read the full letter online.

The Economic Standard: Federal Bureaucracy Threatens 5G’s Future

US tech companies need spectrum to avoid being left behind by foreign nations and tap into the economic opportunity of 5G and similar technologies. Whether through streamlining the auction process or requiring federal agencies to provide definitive evidence before blocking auctions, the government should prioritize maximizing its availability of spectrum. Action now will let the US […]

Taxes Impact 5G Services and Consumers

While much has been written about President Biden’s Build Back Better (BBB) agenda and its large investment in physical and social infrastructure, several tax provisions have received far less attention, but have the potential to have sweeping consequences. These provisions diverge sharply from the spirit of BBB, which is framed as an investment in our […]

FAA Wants to Holdup Your 5G Spectrum for Itself

The future of America’s 5G wireless services may be threatened by unwarranted concerns coming from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). A few weeks ago, the FAA issued a Guidance Bulletin that called on manufacturers to evaluate the host of altimeters in use and report back on possible interference from 5G wireless services, and issued a […]

States Must Unleash the Power of 5G

Small cell infrastructure is vital to expanding 5G infrastructure in the United States, particularly in densely populated urban communities. Recognizing the importance of small cell infrastructure to 5G deployment and the numerous barriers local governments and municipalities have to stop their deployment, the Pennsylvania legislature recently passed HB-1621, the Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act. With the […]

The Economic Standard: Congress — Ensure Mid-Band is Part of 5G Future

While the Biden administration announced its plan to deliver high-speed internet access to every American in March, auctions for mid-band spectrum broke spending records, showing that mid-band needs to play a critical role in that effort. Spectrum refers to the invisible radio frequencies that wireless signals travel over. As the Cellular Telecommunications Internet Association (CTIA) states, these frequencies allow consumers to “make […]

Mid-band Infrastructure Deployment Key to 5G Future

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering an auction to free up additional mid-band airwaves this October that would deliver 5G service to more Americans. This consideration comes a year after the FCC approved a 100-megahertz swath in the 3.45-3.55 GHz portion of spectrum to be used for commercial applications of 5G. The auction of […]