Ajit Pai’s 5G plans make it harder for small ISPs to deploy broadband.


  1. happyscrappy


    Given how the original cellular auctions went I think this probably is a good move.

    The original cellular auctions were designed to get small operators into the business by ensuring entrenched (wireline) operators couldn’t buy all the licenses.

    But all it did was create a market where people with money created small companies that bid on the contracts, then won them and sold them to large companies. It basically just let the rather rich get richer without even setting up any service at all.

    I can’t see why this would go any differently. Selling in bigger chunks which can more likely be operated profitably is a better idea.

  2. idiotsonfire


    Another kickback for Verizon. I would love it if we could see this fucker’s taxes. He’s neck deep in defrauding the FCC so that Verizon can reap an absolutely absurd amount of money. This guy needs to be in fucking prison, not government.

  3. MaritimeOliver


    I work for a major company (think: world wide) who would benefit greatly if this douchebag would cut the shit and let that marketplace make the rules.

    The fact that anyone thinks the republican party is on favor of small business is insane.

  4. modestmouse415


    This guy is a fucking parasite to society. A corporate agent transplanted into a complicit administration and hellbent on fucking over consumers. You remove him and two more pop up in his place.

  5. >Pai’s proposal describes county-sized licenses as a middle-ground approach that will allow carriers to use the 3.5GHz band for 5G mobile services. Using census tracts “would cause significant difficulties in deployment of large-scale networks for mobile 5G use,” Pai’s proposed order says. “[W]e find that increasing the size of… license areas to counties is more likely to ensure that mobile 5G deployments are feasible in the 3.5 GHz band.”

    This doesn’t really make sense. As I understand it, one of the common agreements of how 5G technology should be implemented involves using small low power towers. Each tower would cover a much smaller area, so many towers would be needed. They’re supposed to be small and could fit on street lights. So if this is the case, then why does having a smaller license area provide difficulty in rolling out the technology?

    >T-Mobile told the FCC “that synchronization of uplink and downlink operations with neighbors ‘would be almost impossible to implement’ in census tracts in large urban areas.”

    I guess this part makes a little more sense. But wouldn’t this still be an issue with 4G? I guess I don’t understand the technologies well enough.

    I don’t think Pai is making this change just to squash out small ISPs. The article even says that smaller ISPs will get a 15% subsidy to their bidding to help them out. But I’m also not convinced that the technology hurdles of census tracts are a deal breaker. I’m guessing the truth is somewhere in the middle.

  6. As an outside observer it’s persistently amazing how you have so many underperforming c£&ts in public office, who despite being corrupt, useless or both can’t be remove from their posts.

  7. essidus


    Short version: the original plan was to use Census Tracts as the size and shape of the bidding area, and Pai has decided to change that to full counties. They will be larger areas, making them more expensive and harder to bid on by small providers. It also means that the winning bidders will be able to sell off tract sized chunks of them to the smaller isps, likely causing the price on those chunks to be inflated.

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