The White House is reportedly set to unveil a new 5G push to position the US ahead of global rivals in the race to deploy the next-generation wireless technology.
At a White House event on Friday, President Donald Trump and Federal Communications Chairman Ajit Pai will announce new airwaves auctions and plans to spend $20.4 over 10 years on rural broadband, according to a report from Axios.
The FCC will auction off three segments of millimeter-wave spectrum — which canbut has limited range — for commercial use, reported Axios. The auction is scheduled for December, according to the report.
The FCC will also announced the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, according to Axios. The agency will reportedly spend $20.4 billion over the next 10 years in the form of subsidies to eligible companies that fiber infrastructure in underserved areas.
The White House and FCC didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
Originally published April 12, 5:41 a.m. PT.
Update, 6:01 a.m.: Adds more details on White House 5G push.