Senate 5G Bill ‘Still Percolating’

Although House Republicans are making a lot of noise this week about broadband infrastructure proposals, top senators say a bill addressing 5G is still rolling along. "I know we were close before," Thune told John. "It's still percolating." Thune was working on this draft bill last year with Schatz and at one point hoped to … Continue reading Senate 5G Bill ‘Still Percolating’

Lawmakers To Trump: Don’t Forget Rural Broadband

"President Donald Trump's still-unreleased infrastructure plan is already facing one big demand from dozens of lawmakers: a dedicated pot of money for rural broadband," John reports. Trump has repeatedly pledged to promote faster internet service for rural communities, a key part of his base, but White House officials have said the infrastructure plan isn't expected … Continue reading Lawmakers To Trump: Don’t Forget Rural Broadband

Attention Rural Community Local Control Committees

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee will hold two days of meetings at FCC headquarters on Jan. 23 and 24 to consider recommendations from its working groups. The panel will hear reports on creating model codes for municipalities and states, removing state and local regulatory barriers, streamlining federal siting and fostering competitive access … Continue reading Attention Rural Community Local Control Committees

AT&T Announces Plans To Start Rolling Out A True 5G Network By The End Of 2018 (Update 01-05-18)

AT&T has announced plans to roll out a true 5G network in a dozen markets in accordance with the 3GPP’s recently released 5G NR (new radio) guidelines by the end of 2018. It’s nice to see that AT&T is actually working on a real 5G network, given the company’s announcement of its so-called “5G Evolution” … Continue reading AT&T Announces Plans To Start Rolling Out A True 5G Network By The End Of 2018 (Update 01-05-18)

5G now a matter of national security, Trump administration decides

Insight from Steve Blum on his blog. Telecommunications is one of the sorts of infrastructure that the Trump administration wants to improve, but its interest seems limited to upgrading wireless infrastructure for eventual 5G service. That support might only include regulatory reform, particularly federal preemption of state and local laws and property rights, rather than … Continue reading 5G now a matter of national security, Trump administration decides

Verizon To Use Samsung Equipment To Bring 5G Connectivity To Sacramento

Verizon will use Samsung backbone equipment to bring its new fifth-generation wireless technology to Sacramento. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) has said it expects to launch 5G service in Sacramento in the second half of this year, making the city one of the first in the country to get the residential high-speed wireless internet service. … Continue reading Verizon To Use Samsung Equipment To Bring 5G Connectivity To Sacramento