Federal Communications Commission launches $9B 5G fund for rural US

by Eva Short, December 6, 2019

The chair of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Ajit Pai, announced
on Wednesday (4 December) that the FCC plans to launch a $9bn 5G fund to aid the
roll-out of next-generation telecoms technology in rural parts of the US.

The investment will be allocated through a reverse auction and will target primarily
“hard-to-serve” areas – in other words, ones with sparse populations and/or rugged
terrain. A portion of the fund, around $1bn, will be set aside for deployments
facilitating precision-agriculture needs.


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