5G networks will greatly expand wireless functionality, but need policymaker support to truly flourish.

The ongoing development of 5G wireless technologies represents a unique opportunity to radically expand the capacity and flexibility of wireless networks, which will have profound implications for broadband competition and productivity growth. Policymakers at the national and local level should support the development of next-generation “5G” wireless networks, primarily by ensuring new spectrum is available and by streamlining deployment of physical infrastructure.

Today’s 4G networks face three general challenges, providing the impetus to develop the 5G successor: the need to enhance mobile broadband with great capacity and reliability for consumers, the need for a network that can support massive deployment of the Internet of Things, and the need for a highly dependable network to support critical communications and public safety functions.

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