FBA Statement on Administration and FCC Plan to Accelerate 5G Deployment

Today, the Trump administration and Federal Communications Commission announced their push to accelerate the rollout of next-generation 5G networks. Under the plan, the Federal Communications Commission will release a wide swath of high-frequency airwaves for cellular use. The FCC also proposed a $20 billion fund to expand broadband in rural America over the coming decade, through a “Rural Digital Opportunity Fund.” The following statement can be attributed to Lisa Youngers, President and CEO of the Fiber Broadband Association:

“We support the efforts announced by the Administration today to accelerate 5G deployments. 5G relies on fiber — as do all our networks — and today’s announcement will drive fiber deeper into rural areas. And Chairman Pai’s plan for a Rural Digital Opportunities Fund has the promise, if properly structured, to propel fiber builds in rural areas, which is so critical if these communities are not to be left behind.”