FCC Propaganda Alert: The 5G FAST Plan

Original FCC 5G Fast page here.

While Law Suits Against 2017-2019 FCC Proceedings Abound and Proceed . . .

  1. Law Suits Challenging FCC 17-155: Dec 2017 Lifeline Order (FCC LOST)
  2. Law Suits Challenging FCC 17-166: Dec 2017 Repeal of Net Neutrality Order
  3. Law Suits Challenging FCC 18-30: Mar 2018 Exempting Small Cell Deployment from NEPA and NHPA Review (FCC LOST)
  4. Law Suits Challenging FCC 18-111: Aug 2018 One Touch Make Reader and No Moratoria
  5. Law Suits Challenging FCC 18-133: Sept 2018 Streamlining Small Cell Deployment

The Trump FCC is Strong On Cheerleading, But Weak on Results

FCC 5G Fast Plan
Jan 29, 2019: Brendan Carr’s Keynote Address at 2019 State of the Net

Under Chairman Pai, the FCC is pursuing a comprehensive strategy to Facilitate America’s Superiority in 5G Technology (the 5G FAST Plan). The Chairman’s strategy includes three key components:

  1. pushing more spectrum into the marketplace;
  2. updating infrastructure policy; and
  3. modernizing outdated regulations.

1. Spectrum

The FCC is taking action to make additional spectrum available for 5G services.

  • High-band: The FCC has made auctioning high-band spectrum a priority. The FCC concluded its first 5G spectrum auction this year in the 28 GHz band, and its auction of 24 GHz spectrum is taking place right now. Later this year, the FCC will auction the upper 37 GHz, 39 GHz, and 47 GHz bands. With these auctions, the FCC will release almost 5 gigahertz of 5G spectrum into the market—more than all other flexible use bands combined.

  • Mid-band: Mid-band spectrum has become a target for 5G buildout given its balanced coverage and capacity characteristics. With our work on the 2.5 GHz, 3.5 GHz, and 3.7-4.2 GHz bands, we could make up to 844 megahertz available for 5G deployments.

  • Low-band: The FCC is acting to improve use of low-band spectrum (useful for wider coverage) for 5G services, with targeted changes to the 600 MHz, 800 MHz, and 900 MHz bands.

  • Unlicensed: Recognizing that unlicensed spectrum will be important for 5G, the agency is creating new opportunities for the next generation of Wi-Fi in the 6 GHz and above 95 GHz band.

2. Infrastructure Policy

Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee

The Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee, formed by Chairman Pai in 2017, provides advice and recommendations for the Commission on how to accelerate the deployment of high-speed Internet access. See the latest BDAC news.

The FCC is updating infrastructure policy and encouraging the private sector to invest in 5G networks.

  • Speeding Up Federal Review of Small Cells: The FCC adopted new rules that will reduce federal regulatory impediments to deploying the small-cell infrastructure needed for 5G (as opposed to large cell towers) and help to expand the reach of 5G for faster, more reliable wireless service.

  • Speeding Up State and Local Review of Small Cells: The FCC reformed rules designed decades ago to accommodate small cells. The reforms ban short-sighted municipal roadblocks that have the effect of prohibiting deployment of 5G and give states and localities a reasonable deadline to approve or disapprove small-cell siting applications..

3. Modernizing Outdated Regulations

The FCC is modernizing outdated regulations to promote the wired backbone of 5G networks and digital opportunity for all Americans.

  • Restoring Internet Freedom: To lead the world in 5G, the United States needs to encourage investment and innovation while protecting Internet openness and freedom. The FCC adopted the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, which sets a consistent national policy for Internet providers.

  • One-Touch Make-Ready: The FCC has updated its rules governing the attachment of new network equipment to utility poles in order to reduce cost and speed up the process for 5G backhaul deployment.

  • Speeding the IP Transition: The FCC has revised its rules to make it easier for companies to invest in next-generation networks and services instead of the fading networks of the past.

  • Business Data Services: In order to incentivize investment in modern fiber networks, the FCC updated rules for high-speed, dedicated services by lifting rate regulation where appropriate.

  • Supply Chain Integrity: The FCC has proposed to prevent taxpayer dollars from being used to purchase equipment or services from companies that pose a national security threat to the integrity of American communications networks or the communications supply chain.

April 29, 2019 – Public Notice

WTB/OET Approve Environmental Sensing Capabilities (ESCs) for 3.5 GHz

April 15, 2019 – Report and Order

FCC Takes Steps to Make Millimeter Wave Spectrum Available for 5G

February 27, 2019 – Public Notice

FCC Announces Auction 102 Qualified Bidders

January 24, 2019 – Public Notice

Auction 101 Bidding Concludes

September 28, 2018 – Plan

FCC’s 5G FAST Plan

August 3, 2018 – Public Notice

FCC Establishes Procedures for First 5G Spectrum Auctions

August 3, 2018 – FNPRM

FCC Proposes Steps Towards Auction of 37 GHz, 39 GHz, and 47 GHz Bands

July 13, 2018 – Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Order

FCC Expands Flexible Use of Mid-band Spectrum

April 17, 2018 – Public Notice

Spectrum Frontiers Auction Comment PN

March 30, 2018 – Report and Order

FCC Acts to Speed Deployment of Next-Gen Wireless Infrastructure

March 1, 2018 – Public Draft

Proposed Rules to Streamline Wireless Infrastructure Deployment

February 23, 2018 – Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

FCC Looks to Speed Introduction of Innovative Technologies & Services

February 28, 2018 – Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

FCC Proposes to Open Spectrum Horizons for New Services & Technologies

November 27, 2017 – Report and Order

FCC Takes Steps to Facilitate Next Generation Wireless Technologies in Spectrum Above 24 GHz

August 3, 2017 – Notice of Inquiry

Expanding Flexible Use in Mid-Band Spectrum Between 3.7 and 24 GHz

October 24, 2017 – Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

FCC Moves to Promote Investment in the 3.5 GHz Band

April 21, 2017 – Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Inquiry

Accelerating Wireless Broadband Deployment by Removing Barriers to Infrastructure Investment

December 14, 2017 – Public Notice

FCC Seeks Comment on Plan to Ease Collocations on Twilight Towers

November 17, 2017 – Report and Order

FCC Streamlines Requirements for Utility Pole Replacements

April 28, 2017 – Report and Order

FCC Advances Competition, Investment in Business Data Services Market

January 4, 2018 – Declaratory Ruling, Report and Order, and Order

FCC Releases Restoring Internet Freedom Order

April 21, 2017 – Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Accelerating Wireline Broadband Infrastructure Deployment