FCC Action on 5G Means More U.S. Entrepreneurship and Faster Small Business Growth  

By at 22 March, 2018, 1:59 pm


For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted affirmatively on an order that will accelerate investment in and deployment of 5g technology, which is critical to the competitiveness and future success of America’s small businesses.  Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) president & CEO Karen Kerrigan issued the following statement on the FCC’s vote:

“Access to fast and reliable broadband is important to the growth and pursuit of entrepreneurship in every corner of the United States. Today’s action by the FCC, led by Commissioner Brendan Carr, means America’s entrepreneurs and small businesses can plan on a future that enables their growth. Our risk-takes will have access to the technology they need to start strong, reach and serve customers where they are, and successfully grow.  The FCC’s bold action will accelerate the availability of 5G technology, which means our economy and businesses will be more innovative, resilient and competitive.”

The FCC order streamlines and modernizes the permit process for wireless infrastructure projects. A study by Accenture found that the reforms will save Americans nearly $1.6 billion and result in 55,000 wireless deployments.

Kerrigan added:

“Entrepreneurs are ready for 5G, and it is exciting to see government taking supportive action to get this tool into their businesses.  Artificial impediments to growth not only hurt these small businesses and their communities, they undermine the U.S. economy and competitiveness in the global marketplace. It’s great to see the FCC enthused and taking action to win the 5G race.”

On March 14, SBE Council hosted a small business roundtable with Commissioner Carr about the importance of 5G to small business and entrepreneurship. Watch a short clip of the discussion by clicking the photo below.

Related background material:

Enabling Private 5G Infrastructure Deployment: Vital for Entrepreneurship and Dynamic Growth (A summary of SBE Council’s small business roundtable event with FCC Commissioner Carr), March 16, 2018.

SBE Council 2018 Policy Agenda for Entrepreneurs and Small Business: Broadband Access and Deployment, January 2018.



Karen Kerrigan, President & CEO  @KarenKerrigan

Raymond Keating, Chief Economist


SBE Council is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy, research and education organization that works to protect small business and promote entrepreneurship. For nearly 25 years SBE Council has worked to successfully implement a range of policy and private sector initiatives to strengthen the ecosystem for startups and small business growth. To learn more, visit SBE Council’s website: Follow on Twitter: @SBECouncil




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