SBE Council Applauds FCC Vote to Accelerate 5G Deployment

By at 26 September, 2018, 5:05 pm


“With the power and speed of 5G, we can expect to see more dynamism and innovation from American entrepreneurs.”

For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted on an order that will help to accelerate the deployment of 5G, which will boost entrepreneurship, small business growth, innovation and expand consumer choice, according to the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council).  The group applauded the important action.

As SBE Council noted earlier this year, “Already having benefitted from the investments made in broadband technology and networks – both wired and wireless – the entrepreneurial sector of our economy understands the further substantial innovations to be generated from the deployment of 5G networks hold greater rewards, such as vastly enhanced speed, reliability and access. This is critical for small businesses to compete and grow.”

SBE Council chief economist Raymond Keating said: “It is critical to understand that 5G networks will require hundreds of thousands more cell sites. Establishing these small cell sites must not become a political game or be burdened with red tape and high costs. Today’s FCC action will ensure this process and deployment will advance more rapidly and efficiently, and that consumers and small businesses will not be denied the benefits of 5G.”

Specifically, the FCC voted to set a “shot clock” on small-cell site approvals, and to limit what local governments could charge service providers for such sites. According to Keating, it is a sound, crucial step in allowing the U.S. to move ahead in the global race toward 5G, and it is allowed under the 1996 Telecommunications Act.

Also, as The Wall Street Journal has noted, “This is why some 20 states have enacted legislation that limits local annual site charges ranging from $40 in Oklahoma to $270 in Texas. The FCC has proposed $270 as a safe harbor for compliance, and cities with higher deployment costs can appeal to the commission.”

“The future and outlook for small businesses keeps looking better. With the power and speed of 5G, we can expect to see more dynamism and innovation from American entrepreneurs,” said SBE Council president & CEO Karen Kerrigan.

Broadband service has been a boon to entrepreneurs and small businesses – both those operating in the telecommunications arena and those utilizing broadband services – and obviously to consumers everywhere. Setting reasonable guidelines on approval times and fees for building 5G networks is straightforward common sense, and should be embraced by all, including state and local politicians across the nation, according to SBE Council which has supported the FCC in their efforts. 

Related SBE Council content:

Entrepreneurs Applaud FCC Vote Moving 5G Rollout Closer to Reality, July 12, 2018

“Key Pieces to the 5G Puzzle,” Small Business Insider blog post, July 11, 2018.

States Begin to Lay a Foundation for Private 5g Infrastructure Deployment, Small Business Insider blog post, April 3, 2018.

FCC Action on 5g Means More Entrepreneurship and Faster Small Business Growth, Media Release, March 22, 2018.

Enabling Private 5g Infrastructure Deployment: A Small Business Discussion with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, Small Business Insider blog post, March 16, 2018.

The 5G Boost to Entrepreneurship and Small Business Growth: FCC Unveils Vital Plan for Deployment, Media Release, March 1, 2018.

CONTACT:  Karen Kerrigan,

Raymond Keating,

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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