CTIA: A National Spectrum Strategy to Lead in 5G

CTIA proposed Spectrum Strategy

To secure America’s 5G leadership, we need a National Spectrum Strategy, based on free market principles, that includes the following key steps:

1. The creation of a 5-year schedule of auctions that puts more high-, mid- and low-band spectrum in the hands of America’s wireless industry

2. Recommitting U.S. spectrum policy to proven free market approaches that harness the power of competition to enhance our nation’s economic and national security

3. Modernizing government policies and procedures to ensure optimal use of spectrum
This plan will unleash a significant spectrum stimulus that will create jobs, grow our economy, and help America lead the industries of the future.

Keep reading HERE.

More low band spectrum will help promote rural broadband.  The lower band signals travel farther and penetrate buildings and foliage better than the mid and high bands.

5G On Tap

— Wireless trade group CTIA will host National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow, Pai and executives from T-Mobile, Sprint and U.S. Cellular to talk all things 5G at a summit at the International Spy Museum today. The industry group came out this week with recommendations for a national spectrum strategy, urging the Trump administration to set a five-year schedule for airwaves auctions and commit to a “free market” approach to 5G. Some Trump allies including the president’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale have been promoting a more government-oriented “wholesale” model for the next-generation networks, in which a public-private partnership would resell spectrum capacity to wireless providers.

— Kudlow, who will give a keynote, is expected to discuss the administration’s support for a private sector, free-enterprise approach.

Source POLITICO Morning Tech

CTIA National Spectrum Strategy Message is HERE.


CTIA Blog: The FCC is Moving Forward on Mid-Band

Today, Commissioner Mike O’Rielly announced that the FCC will soon finalize rules for the 3.5 GHz band, setting the agency on a clear path to unleash the first swath of mid-band airwaves in the U.S.

This is a big deal. Here’s why.

Mid-band spectrum is considered a key building block for 5G networks, thanks to its unique abilities to both travel far and offer high capacity for mobile traffic. As Commissioner O’Rielly noted in an op-ed earlier today, “the [3.5 GHz] spectrum band is going to be the quickest and most appropriate band to initiate mid-band 5G services in the United States.”

Full Blog Post HERE.    LINK to New York Times Op-Ed.

As noted in the blog post the 3.5 GHz is a better spectrum for rural applications as it goes farther than the 24GHz and 28GHz being used for 5G. However, the emphasis is on mobile and not service to the home. We will have to see how the unlicensed portion of the spectrum is used by innovator and entrepreneurs. Stay Tuned.