FCC Launches 5G Testbeds in Two Cities

Originally posted on Mobile World Live on Sept. 20, 2019 

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sought to make it easier for companies to test next-generation technologies, creating two new urban innovation zones in New York City and Salt Lake City, Utah.

Its move is designed to cut regulatory red tape and make it easier for companies to test new technologies outside of a traditional campus or laboratory setting.

Trialling new technologies like 5G would usually require companies to seek individual licences from the FCC for each experiment. However, those approved to test in the Innovation Zones will be allowed to conduct multiple, unrelated pilots under a single authorisation.

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