FCC Upends Licensing Process for 5G Research

The growing demand for faster, more robust wireless service from consumers, smart city integrators and internet-of-things manufacturers is spurring the need for the next generation of wireless connectivity-- or 5G. 

To make it easier to experiment with new technologies and services in the wireless spectrum, the Federal Communications Commission launched a web portal and experimental licensing system (ELS) that speeds the license modification process for researchers. 

Previously, researchers had to apply for a new license for every change in an experiment, but the FCC has modified the rules. 

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