March 8, 2016 — The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved the bill nicknamed the “MOBILE NOW Act” on March 3, which is intended to boost the development of 5G wireless through additional spectrum and the streamlining of wireless site development.
Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) and Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) sponsored the legislation.
“It is hard to imagine our lives today without our mobile phones,” Nelson said. “And our reliance on these devices will only grow. This bill will help consumers get better coverage, faster service, and more access to innovative new technologies.”
The full name of the bill is the “Making Opportunities for Broadband Investment and Limiting Excessive and Needless Obstacles to Wireless Act,” which explains why they shortened it to MOBILE NOW.
The bill states a goal of making a total of 500 megahertz of federal and non-federal spectrum available for wireless broadband use by 2020. The NTIA and FCC will be mandated to make available 255 megahertz of federal and non-federal spectrum below 6 GHz.
The NTIA and the FCC would also be mandated by the bill to conduct a study of how mobile and fixed wireless operations will impact on federal users in the millimeter wave band, including allocations between 24250 and 24450 MHz, 25050 and 25250 MHz, 31800 and 33400 MHz, 42000 and 42500 MHz, 71000 and 76000 MHz, and 81000 and 86000 MHz.