Last week, Ajit Pai, Chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, spoke at the University of Mississippi Tech Summit. There, he addressed the need for fiber in regards to 5G.
"But 5G isn’t just about wireless," he said. "We also need strong fiber networks to carry traffic once it comes off the airwaves—which takes me to the third part of the 5G FAST plan. We’ve streamlined our rules to make it easier for carriers to transition from the copper networks of yesterday to the fiber networks of tomorrow. We’ve also instituted a new policy called one-touch-make-ready to make it faster and cheaper for competitive providers to attach fiber to utility poles. And yes, we ended utility-style broadband regulation inspired by rules from the 1930s."
While those of us at the Fiber Broadband Association know the need for 5G and fiber go hand-in-hand, it's always encouraging to hear leaders discuss its importance. The more access people have to faster, more reliable internet, the stronger our communities will be, especially in rural areas. Recently, FBA President and CEO Lisa Youngers wrote on this very topic for Broadband World News.
Also at the summit were some other industry thought leaders and government officials, including U.S. Senator Roger Wicker. To read Pai's full comments, visit the FCC's website.