Ajit V. Pai

Pai: FCC will auction coveted 5G spectrum

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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will direct his agency to auction sought-after airwaves for 5G services estimated to be worth up to $60 billion.

Why it matters: The path the FCC chooses will affect how quickly 5G services can be deployed using the airwaves, which are key for both wireless capacity and coverage, as well as how much of the money raised will go to the government.

FCC to vote on barring subsidies for Huawei, ZTE equipment

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The FCC will vote next month to ban companies from using federal telecom subsidies to purchase communications equipment from Chinese firms Huawei and ZTE.

Driving the news: The FCC’s order, to be voted on at the commission’s Nov. 19 meeting, would bar companies that receive funding from the $8.5 billion Universal Service Fund from using it to purchase equipment or services from suppliers deemed to pose a national security risk.