FCC controversially relaxes its rules to open mid-band spectrum for 5G
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to relax its rules around who can own spectrum in the 2.5GHz band.
Rules first established in the Kennedy-era required spectrum in the 2.5GHz band to be used for educational purposes. With more spectrum now needed for 5G, the FCC has decided to open up the “underutilised” airwaves.
The FCC voted 3-2 in favour of changing the rules and claims it will help with “closing the digital divide” between rural and more developed areas.