Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Representative Eshoo's New Bill Would Slow 5G Deployment

On January 15, 2019, Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA) introduced the "Accelerating Wireless Broadband Development by Empowering Local Communities Act of 2019" (H.R. 530), which would overturn FCC rules that preempt local government regulations on the deployment of 5G infrastructure.

As I illustrated in a September 2018 infographic, the FCC's Wireless Infrastructure Order facilitated 5G deployment by reducing unnecessary regulatory barriers and limiting unjustified fees imposed by local governments. One study by CMA Strategy found that the FCC’s Order will increase broadband infrastructure investment by $2.4 billion and deploy next-generation access to an additional 1.8 million homes and business, of which 97% will be concentrated in rural and suburban areas.
By overturning the FCC's Order, Representative Eshoo's bill would enable local governments to levy excessive fees and lengthy regulatory processes on broadband providers, slowing the deployment of 5G technology and delaying the creation of 5G’s massive economic benefits.