Trump to address 5G technology in United States

The Associated Press

Trump also revealed a $20.4 billion fund to build high-speed broadband networks in rural communities.

This is part of FCC's three-part 5G Fast Plan, namely, spectrum freeing-up, small antennas installment and deployment of optical fiber, according to Pai.

The proposed fund, which Pai says will be formalized later this year, would be one of several efforts the FCC has launched in the last two years to expand rural broadband coverage.

On Friday, the United States FCC has announced that it will take a couple of measures to expedite the development of 5G in the US. "From imposing tariffs on 5G equipment to alienating allies on 5G security to falling behind the rest of the world on critical mid-band spectrum, the White House has yet to offer a workable plan for USA leadership".

The $20.7 million Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, to come from existing FCC subsidy coffers, is meant to connect up to 4 million American homes over the next decade.

Back in February, President Donald Trump sent out a tweet in which he wrote, "I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible".

"So far, this administration's interventions on 5G have done more harm than good", Jessica Rosenworcel, the FCC's senior Democrat, said in an emailed statement.

"The White House has yet to offer a workable plan for USA leadership", Rosenworcel said. Pai said the idea is to close the digital divide.

Earlier this month, South Korea launched what it said was the first nationwide 5G network while United States carriers rolled out 5G in some locations. Starting on December 10th, carriers will be allowed to bid on "3,400MHz of Upper 37 GHz, 39GHz, and 47 GHz Bands".

Reuters noted in their report this afternoon that Pai had said that President Trump's comments about opposing nationalization of 5G networks was an "important signal" to the private sector that is investing tens of billions of dollars in the 5G networks. There are 24 million Americans without access to broadband, and the problem is worst in rural areas. Networks must be secured.

"From precision agriculture to smart transportation networks to telemedicine and more, we want Americans to be the first to benefit from this new digital revolution, while protecting our innovators and citizens". Pai declared 5G an American success story. He pointed out that US allies understand the importance of having a secure 5G network, and "the risk profile of certain equipment and services".

Pai said Friday he is committed to making airwaves of all types a priority.