Winning a 5G Battle but Not the War

from The Wall Street Journal,

An FCC chief outsmarts the swamp but the U.S. has not solved the puzzle of competing with China.

Mr. Pai undid much of the damage by announcing his own proposal to dangle $9.7 billion in incentive payments in front of the license holders. Understand: His goal was not to induce ecstasy in the satellite companies, but to elicit their cheerful, non-litigating cooperation in adapting their businesses to allow about half their spectrum to be shifted quickly to 5G.

If taken as a signal that more spectrum will be coming to the market in the future, it could help alleviate the inflated pricing and hoarding that has bedeviled wireless providers. The FCC understandably is torn on this point

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