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Pentagon to Share Spectrum With Telecoms for 5G Networks

  • FCC plans auction of spectrum now reserved for military radar
  • Coveted frequencies can carry much data for long distances
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The White House and Pentagon presented plans Monday to help U.S. telecom companies build out new ultrafast 5G networks by allowing commercial use of airwaves previously reserved for military radar.

The move will open 100 megahertz of spectrum to be auctioned by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for sharing with companies. The Pentagon will continue to use the bandwidth, balancing commercial use with military needs, according to Dana Deasy, the Defense Department’s chief information officer.