“5G” Wireless Is the New Fiber Optic, Bait-and-Switch Scandal
You can fool most of the people most of the time. With “5G”, you can fool almost everyone except those in on the joke.
Why should you care? This is just the latest in a long list of scandals by AT&T and Verizon to use the promise of a new technology to get rid of regulations, kill off competition and to raise rates. And this scheme relies on the FCC, not to mention their friendly state and federal politicians, to push it through.
The FCC is very gung-ho about 5G and is backing this plan, but after recently getting rid of Net Neutrality and dumping your basic privacy protections, the FCC’s endorsement of 5G should trigger your distrust — to put it mildly.
C/Net’s headline features current Chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai (and former Verizon attorney), March 6th, 2018:
Ajit Pai tweets praise for House passage of 5G support bill
“The Ray Baum Act reauthorizes the FCC and encourages deployment of next-generation wireless services in the US.”
Meanwhile, Fierce Wireless quotes Commissioner Brendan Carr, (former lawyer for CTIA, the wireless association, and Verizon):
“A key obstacle [to 5G] is our country’s outdated infrastructure regulations, which were written for previous generations of wireless technology,”… He has proposed a plan to streamline the federal historic and environmental review procedures that apply to wireless infrastructure deployments in hopes of reducing regulatory financial burdens on wireless providers deploying 5G.”
This has been going on for years, but has intensified with the FCC’s attacks on the public interest.
You might first want to read: “Verizon Wireless’s 5G Deployment is a 1 Gig Fairy Tale”. Written in January 2016, it details how 4G has also been a stream of hype.
And if you think this 5G plan is going to fix this, the history of fiber optic broadband in America should have every person calling for investigations of these ‘new networks’.
Let me be clear: 5G wireless technology is going to be part of the future, sooner or later. But this plan is much more about the subplot.
Here’s part of the subplot that most are missing.
- 5G Wireless requires a fiber optic wire to be attached to the small cell site every block or two. No company is going to roll out fiber to lots of new areas.
- 5G doesn’t really exist yet and history shows that almost all “trials” are rigged to be ‘successful’ or you never hear about them. (See the 5G Gig Fairy Tale.)
- And, as Gizmodo pointed out about AT&T’s fake 5G announcements, 5G is just a marketing term. So there is now, “5G-really-really”, “4G evolution LTE-soon-to-be-5G” — blah, blah, blah — and anything else you can make up.
- CC rarely, if ever, mentions that “5G” requires a fiber optic wire. Commissioner Carr’s 5G statement never mentions the words “fiber” or ‘state utility’.
- Meanwhile, there are proposed state-based “5G” bills that have been promulgated by AT&T-Verizon funded politicians based on “model legislation” that AT&T and Verizon created with a group called ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, and others.
- Cross-Subsidy Heaven: Right now, AT&T and Verizon get to dump a large part of the costs of their wireless build outs into the state-based wireline utilities and charged to local customers.
In short, this is a regulatory play to a) remove all regulations b) allow the companies to take over the state utility wired networks, c) i.e.; have customer-funded networks handed over for private use for whatever they want and d) the FCC’s proposed rules will block any city or state actions.
Fact: 5G Requires a Lot of Fiber to be Deployed.
Government Technology’s headline details the flaw in the 5G deployment, quoting a study by Deloitte. (Ironically, this is the same consulting firm that did the original 1990’s state-based fiber optic plans, including Opportunity New Jersey.)
For further reading on article : https://medium.com/@kushnickbruce/5g-wireless-is-the-new-fiber-optic-bait-and-switch-scandal-646246b8f34d
New Networks Institute,Executive Director, & Founding Member, IRREGULATORS; Telecom analyst for 36 years, and I have been playing the piano for 61 years.