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5G Depends on America’s Carriers By Demri Scott | October 23, 2018

5G will revolutionize our lives whether it’s through IOT technologies such as telemedicine, or automated vehicles, the opportunities are endless.

But, the switch to 5G will require providers to make fundamental changes in spectrum use and infrastructure, while implementing softwarization.  A new report released by MIT economist Dr. William Lehr details these changes and explains that companies will need to invest in a massive amount of financial, technical and operational resources to make 5G technologies available in the near future.

5G will require Mobile Network Operators to have a combination of high, mid and low band spectrum assets. In the past, MNOs have relied on licensed spectrum and build up their spectrum assets through auctions and mergers. Access to spectrum helps consumers the most as it leads to lower cost and higher quality of service. 5G requires a lot of spectrum and in order to remain competitive in the market, MNOs will need to have enough spectrum to deploy 5G.

Media Ownership Modernization Adopted! By Digital Liberty | November 16, 2017

The following can be attributed to Katie McAuliffe, Executive Director of Digital Liberty:

Today, the Federal Communications Commission brought its media ownership rules into the 21st century.

By eliminating unnecessary rules such as the newspaper/broadcast cross ownership rule, radio/television cross-ownership rule, the attribution rule for television joint sales agreements, and the eight voices test of the Local Television Ownership Rule, the FCC has removed cumbersome barriers for local news organizations. 

Read Katie McAuliffe's piece on media ownership in The Hill

When these rules were created in 1975, the internet in its current form was unimaginable. Removing these regulations will help local news outlets continue to produce a diversity of local voices, which will continue to provide needed local news to everyday Americans.