With “net neutrality,” and the 5G rollout, and bandwidth licensing, and pretty much everything in around the FCC’s purview there are few “good guys.” Everyone in the game pretty much has a crony angle.
With the 5G rollout local governments want to be able to tax as they like. They want to regulate the wireless providers and squeeze as much revenue out of them as they can. But the wireless companies know this and so are trying to head this off by lobbying the FCC for blanket federal protection. (Which they’ve successfully done it appears.) The cable companies are fearful that the wireless companies are going to blow them out of the water with 5G so they are lobbying for special protective rules for themselves. Meanwhile Netflix and Google, who want the ISPs to pay for the bandwidth they use, are trying to force through state level “net neutrality” laws. (“Net neutrality” is a crony move as we’ve pointed out. Netflix and Google (Youtube) want a free ride on networks built by other companies.)
It’s a mess.
The rollout of 5G is expected to herald the beginning of Smart Cities, where driverless cars, pollution sensors, cell phones, traffic lights, and thousands of other devices interact in what is known as “The Internet of Things”. The move towards the smart grid was hastened last week when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a rule that will limit the role of local authorities regarding the build of 5G networks, specifically the amount city officials can charge telecommunication companies (“Big Tech”).