Trump administration announces U.S. spectrum auction to fuel 5G growth

In order to ramp up 5G network coverage in the United States, the Trump administration on Monday unveiled plans to auction off 100 megahertz of midband spectrum previously dedicated to military purposes for commercial use starting in mid-2022.

Trump administration announces U.S. spectrum auction to fuel 5G growthAlexandra Alper and David Shepardson for Reuters:

The Federal Communications Commission will be able to auction this spectrum to companies like Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc from December 2021, and the wireless industry could be using it by summer of the following year, White House adviser and U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios told reporters.

The move “allows us to maximize 5G availability of spectrum without compromising national security,” he said.

The military uses the spectrum for critical radar operations including air missile defense, Department of Defense Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy said.

The FCC has been working to clear enough spectrum to make 5G networks a reality and ensure there is enough spectrum to handle the growing amount of internet and wireless traffic. This spectrum reassignment is part of that effort.

In October 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a presidential memorandum directing the Commerce Department to develop a long-term comprehensive national spectrum strategy to prepare for 5G wireless networks. Trump created the White House Spectrum Strategy Task Force and asked federal agencies to report on government spectrum needs and review how spectrum could be shared with private sector users.

MacDailyNews Note: CTIA is a trade association representing the wireless communications industry in the United States.

CTIA Statement on White House’s Announcement on Strengthening America’s 5G Leadership:

Opening up this critical block of mid-band spectrum for full power commercial operations will enhance U.S. competitiveness in the 5G ecosystem. We applaud the White House and Pentagon for finding ways to promote our nation’s leadership of the emerging 5G economy while safeguarding vital defense operations. — Meredith Attwell Baker, CTIA President & CEO


  1. “5G is bad, mmkaaay?”

    It causes pandemics
    It causes tumors
    It kills birds
    It only helps the rich
    The FCC is racist
    5G is racist
    5G causes pandemics which are racist

    There, Leftifas!
    Your choice of BS reasons to be against this.

    Of course a few years ago NN was needed to make the internet fair and cheap,
    paving the way for 5G. Looks like that’s happened anyhow.

    So go ahead with your anti-science rants to satisfy your TDS.
    We’ve heard it all before….

    1. I have no problem with 5G, I guess I’m not a lefty.

      But did you know that those forehead scanners that measure your temperature that the lefties are pushing on everyone. They are really mind erasers and that’s why Trump has fallen in the polls.

      Prove me wrong, I got the proof right here with Obama’s Kenyan Birth Certificate.
      Long live right wing science!

      1. Science is not right wing or left wing.

        That’s the problem, the Left has even politicized science, thereby undermining its value to truth.

        Skewing results to get recognition, funding, peer acceptance or political points is not science. It’s bullshit.

        But just to be safe, you might want to stay away from temporal thermometers. You can’t afford any more loss…

            1. Who ya gonna believe? The guy who says you can’t trust his own administration to securely deliver mail in ballots in a timely manner, nor conduct security checks on those ballots; or the crony donor post office appointee who already dismantled critical sorting machines but now claims that his intentionally crippled constitutional government branch will pull it off, a direct contradiction to his boss.

              I prefer to cast my vote for honest people who don’t directly contradict their nepotist staff every day.

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