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. […]

FCC Actions on Mid-Band Spectrum Would Spur 5G

On the heels of its decision last month to issue a national framework for 5G wireless deployment, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is poised to take another positive step to spur the deployment of next-generation wireless technology. Next week, the FCC will vote on proposed regulatory changes to the 3.5 GHz spectrum band, which many […]

Nearly 1,000 TV Stations are Moving to New Channels. Here’s What You Need to Know.

A total of 987 TV stations will be moving to new channels over the next two years, part of the Federal Communications Commission’s effort to make more spectrum available to meet the exploding demand for mobile data. Viewers will need to take action to keep their channels. By rescanning your TV at the right time, […]

Getting 5G Regulations Right the First Time Around

Fifth-generation mobile wireless (5G) standards have been drafted and early stage public trials will be underway in the first half of this year.  To move 5G beyond its infancy, US network operators and device makers will need to invest $275 billion in the next seven years.  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has started down the […]

ACI in Forbes: Next In The Pipeline – 5G Mobile Wireless

Fifth-generation mobile wireless (5G) will soon be on its way. 5G supported devices will include cell phones, laptops, fax machines, security camera monitoring systems, some medical devices, traffic signals, factory floor robots and the other “connected” devices that make up the “Internet of Things” (IoT). The 5G standard will support at least a 20 gigabits […]

The Next Spectrum Auctions

Spectrum is the engine of the mobile wireless industry. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regularly runs auctions so carriers can retool with additional spectrum.  The exclusive right to use segments of the electromagnetic spectrum can be very costly, particularly since the bidding is done for specific frequencies in specific locales. To illustrate the complexity, Carrier […]

Chasing Wi-Fi Speed, Coverage, and Compatibility

The GSM association reports that 4.7 billion subscribers used mobile wireless during 2015 and 1 billion used the high speed 4G mobile wireless technology. Video is soaking up whatever spectrum capacity operators make available, and the demand for bandwidth will continue growing. With 5G technology still under development and years away from widespread deployment, mobile […]

5G Wireless Supports a Sturdier Internet

Five years from now, we can expect an Internet landscape with sturdier footings, so long as new Internet regulations and taxes can be held kept to a minimum.  The ongoing build out of fiber optics will continue and newer technologies such as 5G wireless, cloud services, encryption and the Internet of Things (IoT) will make […]