New frontiers for 5G

By: Charla Rath

Today FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler circulated a draft of the “Spectrum Frontiers” Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to the rest of the Commissioners. We look forward to participating in this proceeding. Moving forward on 5G is extremely important to U.S. consumers and economic development. As Chairman Wheeler noted in a blog post earlier today, U.S. leadership in deploying 4G wireless technologies jumpstarted remarkable cycles of innovation in mobile broadband, the emerging apps economy, and video services.  The FCC action is a crucial step toward maintaining America’s global leadership in mobile broadband.

Verizon was the first company to introduce 4G LTE or fourth-generation long-term evolution wireless network technology about six years ago, and last month we laid out an aggressive roadmap to be the first company to deploy 5G technology. As Roger Gurnani, Verizon executive vice president and chief information and technology architect for Verizon noted, “We feel a tremendous sense of urgency to push forward on 5G and mobilize the ecosystem by collaborating with industry leaders and developers to usher in a new generation of innovation.” We are hopeful that policy makers share the same vision for continued innovation and maintaining U.S. global leadership in the mobile marketplace, and we thank the Chairman for showing leadership on such an important issue.

Charla Rath is Vice President, Wireless Policy Development. She is responsible for developing and managing many of Verizon’s public policy initiatives related to spectrum management. Charla is particularly focused on alternative spectrum auction mechanisms and developing sources of spectrum for future needs, including 5G.  She is a member of the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Committee (CSMAC) and the IEEE Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks (DySPAN) Steering Committee.