Because 5G aims to deliver both good wireless coverage and high capacity, strong 5G networks will require low-, mid- and high-band spectrum. That’s why the FCC’s 5G FAST Plan focuses on making all three available. For example, the FCC has already made a substantial amount of mid-band spectrum available at 3.5 GHz, with commercial deployments planned in the coming months and an auction planned next year. We’re also hard at work to free up mid-band spectrum in the 2.5 GHz and 3.7-4.2 GHz bands.
With respect to low-band spectrum, one wireless carrier is already working on deploying 5G in the 600 MHz band. And the FCC is holding three high-band spectrum auctions for 5G deployment.
Mr. Rogin compared high-band spectrum to Betamax and mid-band spectrum to VHS, but these two types of spectrum aren’t competitors; they’re complements. That’s why, with our all-of-the-above spectrum strategy, the United States is well positioned to lead in 5G.
Julius Knapp, Washington
The writer is chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Engineering and Technology.