To Expand Next-Generation Wi-Fi, FCC Looks to Indiana

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To Expand Next-Generation Wi-Fi, FCC Looks to Indiana

New rule up for vote this month is modeled on Indiana law

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Next-generation wi-fi is on its way in Indiana, and the FCC may copy Indiana's approach to bring it elsewhere.

 

Indiana is one of 20 states to rewrite its laws on wireless transmission to reflect the shift from giant cell towers to 5G, which uses a backpack-size transmitter. FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr says copying that regulation will accelerate the shift to 5G, including in rural areas still trying to get broadband at all.

 

Carr visited Indianapolis to preview an FCC vote later this month to limit permit fees and speed up the approval process. He estimates the new rule would expand broadband to 3,000,000 rural and suburban homes which don't have it now, while sparking $4.5 billion in new investment nationwide.

 

5G is 100 times faster than existing 4G networks. Verizon and AT&T have already announced plans for 5G networks in Indy, Evansville and Fort Wayne.

 

FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr (Photo: Eric Berman/WIBC)

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