Recap: Why the FCC Repack is Important for Consumers

Radio waves may be invisible to the naked eye, but the regulated spectrum of frequencies is one of America’s most important resources. To ensure that the nation’s infrastructure is ready to support emerging wireless technology, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recently completed a spectrum ‘repack.’ In a webinar hosted earlier this week by the […]

Economic Standard: Competitive Spectrum Policies Keep America Online

Video conferences, online classrooms, and telehealth have all become mainstream in 2020. This huge change has been made feasible by federal policies that focus on getting the most value out of America’s telecommunications resources. To replicate this success and avoid future waste, access to American spectrum needs to be competitive. The global coronavirus pandemic has […]

Video: The Urgency of Spectrum in Reopening America

Closing the digital divide is key to improving the country’s resiliency in times of crisis. Yet, accelerating spectrum allocation and deployment is crucial to closing the digital gap and preventing the further deepening of the divide. As the crisis continues to unfold and the demand for increased Internet access and 5G deployment keeps surging, it […]

FCC Moves Forward on C-Band Auctions for 5G Services

The following is a statement by Steve Pociask, president and CEO for the American Consumer Institute: “The FCC’s decision to move forward with the C-band auction before the end of 2020, and provide incumbents with incentive payments to clear bands by 2021, is a win for America in the race to 5G. Mid-band spectrum is […]

ACI Event Video: Alleviating the Spectrum Crunch

Experts forecast there will be over 31 billion IoT devices by 2023. To power these devices and the wireless networks that support them, the United States needs to ensure that the spectrum that powers these networks are put to their highest and best use to meet consumer demand and build new markets. Join us for […]

Town Hall: FCC’s Push to Challenge China on 5G

Since assuming office, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Ajit Pai has demonstrated bold and principled leadership to establish a policy environment that encourages the development of new technologies and the high-speed wireless networks that are critical to delivering to American consumers. However, there is still more to do if the FCC is to […]

The Hill: C-Band spectrum–Private Auctions are the Quickest Way for 5G Consumer Benefits

Last Tuesday, the U.S. House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing on the C-Band, entitled “Repurposing the C-Band to Benefit All Americans.” On behalf of consumers everywhere, our hope is lawmakers conducting the hearing will listen carefully to the arguments in support of C-Band private auctions and use their influence with the FCC […]

Coalition Calls for Expediting C-Band Spectrum Auctions

Today ACI joined Heritage Action, the American Enterprise Institute, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, R-Street and the Lincoln Network in sending a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee calling for private auctions of C-Band Spectrum.  Such an auction would prevent years of delay that a government-run auction would create, thereby speeding spectrum for 5G […]

5G Won’t Ruin Your Weather Forecast

The FCC is continuing to move quickly to free up spectrum for use by next-generation 5G networks that promise to deliver blazing fast speeds and usher in transformative new technologies. Unfortunately, misleading claims by some government officials could delay 5G’s rollout, depriving consumers of an estimated $1.8 trillion in benefits and endangering America’s leadership in […]

Comparing 5G Progress Against Expectations

5G carries a heavy burden of promises. 5G truly is one of the important next waves in innovation. With any new deployment, there could always be some rough edges in early performance. As with many new communications technologies, promoters tend to be overly optimistic when describing the speed, capacity, latency, coverage, available hardware and cost. […]