The T-Mobile-Sprint merger advances innovative wireless broadband services, offers significant benefits that will ultimately flow to consumers, and presents few competition concerns. It offers significant scale and operational efficiencies that will help accelerate the transition to next-generation 5G networks, intensify competition, and bring numerous benefits to the economy.
As I’ve written previously, to realize the transformative potential of fifth generation or 5G wireless networks, local governments will need to play a key role in the build-out process. This is crucial because while the current average download speed in a US home is 6.5 megabytes per second, 5G is expected to deliver up to 500 megabytes per second.
5G is the latest in the evolution of mobile wireless technologies. 5G goes beyond 4G LTE, and is expected to bring not just faster downloads, but a much more flexible and responsive network that can adapt to enable different uses. The benefits of next-generation wireless capabilities will reverberate throughout the economy, so it makes sense to adjust policy to spur its deployment and use.
Verizon, for example, has announced a new service for its 5G customers rolling out in four cities: Los Angeles, Sacramento, Houston, and Indianapolis. Sign up for the company’s service, and you’ll get a free Apple TV ($179) and a subscription to YouTube TV, at $40 per month. Instead of a wired connection, you’ll receive internet service via 5G wireless streaming.
New fifth-generation “5G” network technology will equip the United States with a superior wireless platform, unlocking transformative economic potential. However, 5G’s success is contingent on modernizing outdated policy frameworks that dictate infrastructure overhauls and establishing the proper balance of public-private partnerships to encourage investment and deployment.