Actions taken by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) in late March are aimed specifically at helping telecommunications and technology companies achieve their goal of a fully-operational 5G network as fast as possible.
As we saw at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February, the talk around this next-gen wireless communications technology has reached a boiling point. A majority of the major carriers are already testing their 5G networks through small-scale deployments in select cities across the country. But the FCC would like to see those testing zones get online more frequently and more often.
To accomplish that, the commission approved new rules that will streamline the review process for approving new 5G facilities. In short, the FCC has made it easier for carriers to set up small cell deployment facilities throughout the country without having to jump through all kinds of regulatory hoops to get those projects approved. Previously, the National Environmental Policy Act and National Historic Preservation Act were required to review small cell installations. These small cells, as explained by Business Insider, are advanced radio hardware that are required for 5G networks.