FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's stated goal of having the U.S. become a leader in 5G wireless technology could be undermined by his proposal to regulate business data services, the NCTA said.
In a blog post, Steve Morris, VP and associate general counsel for the National Cable Telecommunications Association, said, "5G networks will rely on substantially more cell sites than prior generations of wireless service and, as a result, there will be a need for significant new fiber facilities to provide backhaul connecting these cell sites. The BDS Further Notice seeks comment on a number of proposals that could result in extensive new rate regulation of BDS services, including backhaul, resulting in less, not more, deployment of fiber."
Morris' post was filed ahead of the NCTA's commentary to the FCC, communicating what it calls "deep concerns" regarding the agency's Further Notice on Business Data Service (BDS).
You can read Morris' full post here.