Imagine a future where nearly everything in the physical world is connected to ubiquitous, ultra high-speed wireless networks. Imagine cars that safely drive themselves, doctors that monitor patients’ vital signs remotely in real-time and communities that are smarter and more connected. Entire industries, from agriculture to transportation, will be transformed to be more capable, efficient and intelligent.
Wireless connectivity already touches every aspect of daily life, but we are just scratching the surface. Sensors in smart cities will determine optimum traffic routing, easing congestion and helping protect the environment. Intelligent lighting will illuminate evacuation routes in buildings. Connected wheelchairs will increase users’ independence. This is the promise of the next generation of mobile networks, known as 5G.
But the wireless industry needs the tools to build a new generation of networks. The good news is that the federal government is poised to take an important step toward this wireless future. This week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will propose rules for freeing up spectrum that will be a crucial part of 5G. The FCC’s action, focused on high-band spectrum, will help set the stage for the wireless-driven transformation of our economy and nearly every facet of our lives.