Mr. President, as you observed, America must win the race to 5G, the
next generation of wireless connectivity. And this matters for two key
The first is national competitiveness. We want the good-paying jobs that
develop and deploy 5G technologies -- jobs that support some of the
folks in this room -- to be created here, in America. We want these
technologies to give our economy a leg up as we compete against the rest
of the world.
The second reason U.S. leadership matters is that 5G will improve
Americans’ lives in so many ways, from precision agriculture, to smart
transportation networks, to telemedicine, and more. We want Americans to
be the first to benefit from this new digital revolution while
protecting our innovators and our citizens. And as you pointed out, Mr.
President, we don’t want rural Americans to be left behind.
And Mr. President, that’s why I am pleased to report that America is now
well positioned to win the race to fast, secure, and reliable 5G. And
don’t just take my word for it. In February,
stated, and I quote, “It is the United
States who will win the 5G race in the short term.”1
That same month,
Cisco projected that, in three years, 5G would be more
than twice as prevalent in North America as in Asia.2
CTIA reported that America leads the world with the most
commercial 5G deployments of any nation.
And just this past Tuesday, it was reported that 5G-related job listings
here in the United States
increased 12 percent in just the past three
weeks according to data from an online job search service.3
Today, 5G is a success story -- an American success story. Well, how are
we getting the job done? As the lead agency on 5G, the FCC is pursuing a
three-part strategy called the
5G FAST Plan.4
First, we’re freeing up
spectrum, the invisible airwaves that carry wireless traffic. We
first 5G spectrum auction [for 28 GHz] in January, and we’re holding
second, right now [for 24 GHz], that has already generated almost 2 billion dollars in bids.
Second, we’re making it easier to install wireless infrastructure. 5G
will rely heavily on a web of small antennas. But when I came into
office, regulations designed for tall towers threatened to strangle our
5G future in red tape. We have eliminated these rules, because
infrastructure the size of a pizza box shouldn’t have to jump through
the same regulatory hoops as a 200-foot cell tower.5
And third, we’ve taken action to encourage the deployment of optical
fiber. That is because 5G isn’t just about wireless. We’ll also need
strong fiber networks to carry 5G traffic once it goes from the air to
the ground. And we’ve done a lot to make that happen, including ending
heavy-handed regulations imposed by the prior Administration.
And here, too, we are getting results. Last year, fiber was deployed to
more new locations in the United States than in any year before. But in
the race to 5G, our early success is still early. We still need to do
more, and we will.
And so today I’m announcing two new steps the FCC will take to build on
First, the FCC intends to start its third
auction on December 10th of this year [for 37 GHz, 39 GHz,
and 47 GHz]. This will be the largest spectrum
auction in American history. We will be selling 3,400 megahertz in three
different bands. And for those of you who aren’t wireless experts, that
is a lot of spectrum.
Second, to help build the infrastructure of the future, the FCC aims to
create a 20.4 billion dollar
Rural Digital Opportunity Fund headed by the
agency [FCC]. This money will extend high-speed broadband to up to 4 million
homes and small businesses in rural America. These next-generation
networks will bring greater economic opportunity to America’s heartland,
including some of the great jobs building infrastructure, and they will
help support future 5G technologies.
In closing, I want to thank you again, Mr. President, for your
leadership on 5G. Your White House has advanced your vision in many
ways, from international treaty negotiations to much-needed regulatory
reforms. I appreciate all these efforts, and in the same spirit, this
FCC will help build a great and lasting legacy of American success on
Feb 6 2019. The U.S.
Secures 5G Superiority, at Least in Short-Term American efforts to put
the country first pay off in the 5G era. Online at:
metaphor alert relating a technology's
physical size (a pizza box) with its regulatory import (jumping
through hoops) to form an argument by
questionable rhetorical force. The analogy -- like all such analogies --
is susceptible to the rhetorical tactic of counter example -- here by
offering a) case instances demonstrating a non-necessary or non-probable
relationship between a given technology's size and its regulatory import or (worse) b)
case instances suggesting that smaller technologies warrant exceptional
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