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FCC Adopts New Rules Related to 5G Networks

5G network.jpgRecently, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) announced that it was adopting a new set of regulations. The new rules are meant to help facilitate the development of faster 5G networks. In a unanimous vote, the commissioners agreed to pass the plan put forth by Chairman Tom Wheeler. This is an important development for many telecommunications companies. The hopes are that new networks will spring up quickly, as the potential benefits for businesses and consumers could be wide ranging.

What Is a 5G Network?

The acronym 5G simple stands for fifth generation. It is a type of cellular transmission network that both builds on the 4th generation network and transforms it. 5G offers the promise of much higher capacity along with lower latency. While the specific kinks of the new technology are still being worked out, 5G will rely largely on a complex type of coding known as orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing. This type of system will allow for information to be transferred at a much higher rate of speed. To put it into context, it currently takes around seven minutes for a person to download an entire high-definition movie on a 4G network. The current estimates suggest that 5G speeds may cut the download time to as little as seven seconds.

Opening Airwaves and Auctioning Off Rights

Even with the enormous potential, the 5G network technology is still in the early stages. It also has many regulatory hurdles standing in its path. The FCC took a positive step forward towards reducing those hurdles with this rulemaking. Chairman Wheeler's proposal focused on opening the high-band spectrum airwaves to development. It also set up for how the rights to those airwaves will be auctioned off in the future.

Telecommunications companies will have an opportunity to stake claim to these important frequencies so that development can soon follow. Only now has the technology started to reach a point that these high-frequency waves are useful for business purposes.

Beyond opening up the airwaves, there are other hurdles to 5G development that need to be addressed as well. The FCC made some indications that they will tackle some additional issues in the near future. For example, while the high-band spectrum signals can move data very quickly, they cannot move that data very far. The country's current network of cell towers is inadequate for fully functioning 5G network. The FCC made remarks that suggest that they will work to promote an increase in the development of additional cell towers around the country which sit closer to the ground.

Do You Need Legal Assistance?

At Diemer, Whitman & Cardosi, LLP, our passionate San Jose telecommunications law attorneys have helped provide legal counsel regarding many different internet and telecom issues. If your company is involved in any type of telecommunications law dispute, please call our office today at (408) 971-6270 to set up a free review of your case. We proudly provide legal representation to businesses throughout Silicon Valley, including in Mountain View, Palo Alto, and Cupertino.



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