5G Spectrum Bill

Spectrum Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.) and Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) say they’ve heard the FCC’s concerns loud and clear and are introducing the Spectrum Auction Deposits Act. It fixes a technical issue that Pai has raised that he says prevents the agency from holding any auctions for now, as John reported Tuesday. The lawmakers “felt we should move quickly,” Guthrie said. “In order to remain a global leader in 5G, we must accelerate our work to free up spectrum for commercial use,” agreed Matsui. House Energy and Commerce Committee lawmakers already included this provision in their FCC reauthorization bill, but Commissioner Mike O’Rielly plans to testify at today’s oversight hearing that Congress should fast-track the fix separately. Senate Commerce Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) has backed stand-alone legislation addressing the issue, too.

Source: Politico Morning Tech

Watch for these bills to include authorization to install 5G mini cells all across America, taking away local control and local opportunities for graft.  To maintain 5G momentum companies will have to find a way around local control obstacles.

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