• Carlos Gutierrez, Dep. Director & General Counsel

The potential of 5G to reduce the digital divide

Updated: Oct 13, 2020

There have been a slew of stories coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year about new and advanced cutting-edge technologies and equipment but what should not be lost as we look at all the new toys and gadgets is the networks that will be required to drive all these new applications and tech, such as 5G wireless networks. At a CES panel, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai emphasized the importance of 5G wireless technology

and cited barriers including cost, access to spectrum, and work crews. However, he also emphasized that inaccessibility to broadband internet services limits the opportunity for Americans and that the FCC wants rural Americans, tribal communities, and farmers to be able to access the connection they need.