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FCC commissioners cite midband spectrum, workforce training as needs for 5G

January 16, 2020


In testimony before the Senate Commerce committee this week, FCC commissioners Michael O’Rielly and Jessica Rosenworcel laid out their perspectives on the United States’ key 5G needs and hinted at possible directions for the Federal Communications Commission when it comes to bolstering the United States’ global position in 5G.

O’Rielly took a measured but positive view of the potential of 5G, saying that after having witnessed multiple generations of technology migration, he “truly believes that 5G has the opportunity to revolutionize wireless communications and, for that matter, the entire communications landscape. While I try not to overhype the technology and believe we must have realistic expectations regarding deployment and adoption timelines, its potential to transform not only consumer products but also the industrial sector is clear.”

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