The FCC recently voted to approve new rules that would open up additional spectrum in the 5G wireless broadband. The unanimous vote opens up frequencies above 24 GHz for mobile broadband, setting up the U.S. to be the first country to make the faster fifth generation bandwidth available for wireless services. The new rules will open four new bands, with the possibility of opening an additional three more for wireless data transmission.

“The Commission has struck a balance between new wireless services, current and future fixed satellite service operations, and federal uses,” the FCC noted after the returns were in. “The item adopts effective sharing schemes to ensure that diverse users—including federal and non-federal, satellite and terrestrial, and fixed and mobile—can co-exist and expand.”

The first 5G deployments are expected in 2020, with initial implementations expected to be fixed wireless types.

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