Trump also announced a $20-billion plan to expand broadband access to rural areas now without it, a decade-long extension of an existing program. The president boasted that by the end of the year, 92 markets in the US will support 5G compared to 48 in South Korea.
In the race to beat China in the fifth generation of wireless technology, known as 5G, U.S. President Donald Trump is announcing the largest-ever auction of radio frequencies and a $20 billion fund to build a rural fiber-optics backbone.
The Trump administration wants the U.S.to lead in the global race to 5G.
"5G networks must be secured".
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It came after the country's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced Friday a plan to start largest spectrum auction and spend over 20 billion US dollars for rural high-speed internet. The FCC plans to begin auctioning available spectrum starting on December 10. The last major auction held by the FCC was completed a couple of years ago when T-Mobile purchased 31MHz of low-frequency 600MHz spectrum. Trump revealed that 92 5G markets will be ready in the U.S. by the end of the year. The US president further said, "To accelerate and incentivize these investments, my administration is freeing up as much wireless spectrum as needed". He pointed out that USA allies understand the importance of having a secure 5G network, and "the risk profile of certain equipment and services".
The FCC also said Friday that it will be "repurposing" funds from existing subsidy programs to provide $20.4 billion, over a decade, to internet providers, with the goal of connecting up to 4 million rural homes and small businesses to high-speed internet.
"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 said.
FILE - Attendees take pictures of the new Huawei Mate X foldable 5G smartphone during the Mobile World Congress wireless show, in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 25, 2019. It has effectively banned Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei from most US networks due to concerns that it might enable Chinese government spying, which Huawei denies.