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FCC seeks to advance 5G infrastructure, looks at additional mmWave spectrum

June 10, 2020


The Federal Communications Commission a number of actions at its monthly meeting, covering streamlined 5G deployment, rural broadband deployment, advanced broadcasting using the ATSC 3.0 standard and potentially expanded use of spectrum at 70/80/90 GHz.

The agency approved of the anticipated 5G upgrade order by a 3-2 vote along party lines, making some clarifications to its position on state and local review of modifications to existing infrastructure and also adopting a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that asks for comment on proposed rule changes regarding “excavation or deployment outside the boundaries of an existing tower site and the effects of such activities on eligibility for streamlined review.”

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