The 5G revolution is coming. Here’s everything you need to know

C/Net republished this article first published in February 2018

The next generation of wireless technology, fittingly known as 5G, is just around the corner. And it promises to change our lives forever.

At least, that’s what the wireless industry is saying. It really wants 5G to be a thing.

Ever since Verizon said it would be the first major telecom company to deploy 5G field tests three years ago, the hype for the technology has been building. It’s been referred to as a foundational tech that will supercharge areas like self-driving cars, streaming virtual and augmented reality and telemedicine like remote surgery.

But what exactly is 5G? Why are people so excited? The following is a breakdown of why the next generation of wireless technology is more than just a boost in speed, and why you should be excited yourself.

All the details are HERE.



5G Rule Done, Now the Legal Challenges Start

Although the Federal Communications Commission moved forward Wednesday with an order curtailing local governments’ authority to regulate the rollout of fifth-generation wireless, jurisdictions are now looking at months of uncertainty over when the new rules will be implemented.

The rule sets strict approval times for governments to consider permits and caps the fees jurisdictions can charge providers.

All major state and local organizations opposed the measure, despite its anticipated approval, and are expected to petition the FCC for reconsideration—possibly followed by lawsuits, said Angelina Panettieri, principal associate for technology and communications at the National League of Cities.

“We didn’t see a lot of advocates for local government on the dais today,” Panettieri told Route Fifty. “This order is going to increase the amount of litigation around small cell proposals.”

Commissioner Brendan Carr, a Republican, introduced the rule earlier this month promising providers would save $2 billion on unnecessary fees while speeding up the release of the much-faster 5G service to cities and underserved rural and suburban communities.

Rest of the article is HERE. [Emphasis added]

Given the short range of 5G minicells, I would like to see the FCC or NTIA, or anyone to make the case for how 5G is going to bring highspeed internet to rural communities.  I just do not see it. If I am missing something please post a comment.


Kiss Local Control Goodby: FCC Vote

The FCC 5G Face-Off

— The FCC today is expected to approve a proposal from GOP Commissioner Brendan Carr to override local regulations for installing 5G wireless infrastructure. Big cities from Los Angeles to Chicago to New York are slamming the move as unjust, and Best Best and Krieger partner Gerry Lederer says he’s already assembling local government leaders in preparation to sue the FCC following the order’s adoption. Carr has kept up a marathon speaking tour in defense of the plan, saying it’s crucial to helping connect small and midsize cities. Despite nine House Democrats on Tuesday calling for delay, a Carr spokesman touted a supportive letter led by Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.) with 25 GOP signers. “Seventeen months into this proceeding, it is time to act and ensure our regulations are 5G ready,” a Carr spokesman said.

— Count the National Governors Association and the National Conference of State Legislatures among the opponents. The two groups sent the FCC a joint letter on Tuesday blasting the way the Carr plan would pre-empt state authority and affect states that handle wireless infrastructure deployment through laws already on the books. “Not only will these 20 states be affected, but it also ties the hands of any other state that is looking to ensure inclusive and equitable access to high speed internet services to residents,” they wrote.

— And representing Team Carr: The Wall Street Journal editorial board came out in favor of Carr’s proposal Tuesday night, decrying what it called “self-serving behavior” by local officials who are “throttling [5G] deployment with extortionist fees.” “What liberal big city politicians really want is to grab more revenue without soaking their constituents with ever higher wireless taxes that average around 19% in California and nearly 25% in New York,” the editorial board wrote . “But their extortion would give an innovation edge to China in the 5G race and cost American businesses and consumers dearly.”

Source: POLITICO Morning Tech

Intel Promotes 5G Technology on POLITICO

“5G is not simply about the next generation of connectivity, where transmission speeds are faster and latency is reduced. 5G offers the ability to connect billions of smart devices with billions of other smart devices, creating virtually unlimited computing everywhere.”

– Sandra Rivera, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Network Platforms Group at Intel

Question: Will rural citizens have access to “virtually unlimited computing everywhere.”Will small rural communities have billions of smart devices?  I would like to see Intel make the case that their technology will bring ubiquitous computing to rural communities.

The Race To 5G

— Republican FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr and Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel will discuss all things 5G with Margaret at a POLITICO event this morning. Expect to hear more about the infrastructure needed for the next-generation wireless service — including Carr’s proposal to preempt local rules that stand in the way of installation — as well as the innovations the service might bring. POLITICO CEO Patrick Steel kicks things off with an executive conversation with Intel’s Sandra Rivera, and John will also moderate a panel with Jordan Crenshaw, assistant policy counsel at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s technology engagement center, and Gerard Lederer, a partner at BBK Law.

— What’s on the line: A new graphic from Pro’s DataPoint team lays out the main issues at play. “Billions of dollars are potentially at stake for the country that leads in 5G and sets global standards, as the United States did with the implementation of 4G,” Janie Boschma and Patterson Clark write. “To take the lead again and beat out competitors such as China and South Korea, the wireless industry argues the local approval process for small cells needs to be standardized — so they can install small cells easier, faster and cheaper than current regulations designed for large, traditional cell towers allow.”

— State your case: Some 21 states have enacted legislation to streamline small cell regulations, but others have reservations. “The legislation has been controversial in some states, however, with residents worried about potential health implications and local governments concerned about limits on their regulatory authority,” the report notes. In California, for example, Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a small cell bill last year, calling for “a more balanced solution.” And similar measures have failed in six other states this year — while others are pending in Pennsylvania and Michigan.

Source: POLITICO Morning Tech

Rural Communities Losing $68 Billion in Economic Value Due to Digital Divide, New NRECA Study Finds

Arlington, VA – The lack of broadband access for 6.3 million electric co-op households results in more than $68 billion in lost economic value, according to new research by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). The new report investigates the cost of the digital divide and the growing economic advantages to America’s rural communities.

The study analyzed the value that households place on broadband access. It noted that households in parts of America with broadband access receive, on average, a benefit of $1,950 annually. Applying this value to 6.3 million electric co-op households without broadband, the study finds a total lost value of $68.2 billion to cooperative members nationwide.

Importantly, the deployment of broadband would be expected to enable additional economic benefits such as expanded jobs, education and economic growth. None of these factors were examined in the NRECA study.

“Closing the digital divide is imperative for rural communities and will help improve the economic outlook for the entire country,” said NRECA CEO Jim Matheson. “Millions of Americans are locked out of the new digital economy simply by virtue of their zip code. Electric co-ops recognize the importance of expanded broadband access and are working to be part of the solution.”

Read More HERE.