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Tom Wheeler, National Press Club 5G Rush Job

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 The AB2788 is a CA Bill reference. Wheeler, Obama’s FCC Chair and former head of the Cellular Technology Industries Association [CTIA] now known as The Wireless Foundation, is the point along with his wireless zeal.


Subject: [EMF] Tom Wheeler, AB 2788, 5G


Tom Wheeler spoke to the National Press Club Monday, June 20. It’s a very important speech.


Bottom line:


5G "is a national priority."


AB 2788 is for 5G which needs massive infrastructure everywhere. AB 2788 has nothing to do with phone service or coverage. Verizon’s rapid push right now to put up cell towers and challenge local laws has nothing to do with phone service coverage. This is all about 5G readiness.


Verizon and AT&T will pilot 5G in 2017, with roll-out in 2020.


5G will be orders of magnitude above what we experience now, and include the high millimeter frequencies used by Google. The exposure levels cannot be imagined.


Those high frequencies don’t penetrate objects and buildings well, so antennas will be broadcasting everywhere, and devices will create coherent messages from all the waves – a messy and very redundant system.


Wheeler is introducing his proposal on Thursday called Spectrum Frontiers, and the FCC commissioners will approve it July 14 – in 3 weeks. He calls it a proceeding but there is no mention of this on the FCC main page, and the business meeting on Wednesday does not mention this at all. There will be no time for public comments or hearings. This is a rush job.


Wheeler is eliminating regulation, thoughtful process, etc. This is about turning developers loose, completely, to create what they want. Absolute insanity.


This speech can be heard on Some of the excerpts are below. This frightening speech is well-worth listening to. gives you access to C-SPAN's daily coverage of Washington and more than 200,000 hours of extensively indexed and archived C-SPAN video.

Tom Wheeler, Monday, June 20, National Press Club, Prepared remarks (there was also some Q&A):



…That is why 5G is a national priority, and why, this Thursday, I am circulating to my colleagues proposed new rules that will identify and open up then rely on a private sector-led process for producing technical standards best suited for those frequencies and use cases…


On the network side, Verizon and AT&T tell us they will begin deploying 5G trials in 2017.


These efforts will, of course, help inform the standards process by putting stakes in the ground.


And the first commercial deployments at scale are expected in 2020.

This timeline requires that we act to pave the way today. With the new rules I am proposing in our Spectrum Frontiers order, we take our most significant step yet down the path to our 5G future.


The big game-changer is that 5G will use much higher-frequency bands than previously thought viable for mobile broadband and other applications. Such millimeter wave signals have physical properties that are both a limitation and a strength: they tend to travel best in narrow and straight lines, and do not go through physical obstacles very well. This means that very narrow signals in vast amounts of spectrum for 5G applications. We call it the Spectrum Frontiers proceeding, and we will vote on it July 14th.


… And high-band spectrum will be the focus of our decision next month. These bands offer huge swaths of spectrum for super-fast data rates with low latency, and are now becoming unlocked because of technological advances in computing and antennas.


If the Commission approves my proposal next month, the United States will be the first country in the world to open up high-band spectrum for 5G networks and applications. And that’s damn important because it means U.S. companies will be first out of the gate.


… We will be repeating the proven formula that made the United States the world leader in 4G. It’s a simple formula: Lead the world in spectrum availability, encourage and protect innovation-driving competition, and stay out of the way of technological development.


Unlike some countries, we do not believe we should spend the next couple of years studying what 5G should be, how it should operate, and how to allocate spectrum, based on those assumptions. Like the examples I gave earlier, the future has a way of inventing itself. Turning innovators loose is far preferable to expecting committees and regulators to define the future. We won’t wait for the standards to be first developed in the sometimes arduous standards-setting process or in a government-led activity. Instead, we will make ample spectrum available and an urban environment tend to bounce around buildings and other obstacles making it difficult to connect to a moving point. But it also means that the spectrum can be reused over and over again.


Brilliant engineers have developed new antennas that can aim and amplify signals, coupled with sophisticated processing, allowing a moving device to pick up all of the signals bouncing around and create one coherent connection. To make this work, 5G buildout is going to be very infrastructure intensive, requiring a massive deployment of small cells. But it also opens up unprecedented opportunities for frequency reuse and denser, more localized, networks.