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.
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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai took to Twitter on Tuesday to praise the House of Representatives for passing the Ray Baum Act, a bill that supports development of next-generation wireless services in the US.
The bill, named in honor of the late Energy & Commerce staff director who died last month, is a bipartisan agreement to reauthorize the FCC and boost deployment of 5G networks in the US. It also includes a fix for a technicality that kept the FCC from depositing upfront payments from spectrum bidders directly with the US Treasury.
Pai called the vote "a major legislative accomplishment" in a tweet Tuesday afternoon.
The House vote comes as carriers talk up the benefits of 5G, the next-generation wireless technology that promises to be significantly faster and more responsive than anything before it. In some cases it can be life-changing, such as its potential application in self-driving cars, telemedicine and the trend of connected devices called the internet of things.