FCC creates two 'innovation zones' to test next-gen wireless

Jon Fingas
Associate Editor
FCC creates two 'innovation zones' to test next-gen wireless

The FCC is backing up its push for next-gen wireless by setting up entire areas devoted to advancing the technology. The agency has created two "innovation zones" in New York City and Salt Lake City that will serve as testbeds for 5G and other wireless formats. Participants can run multiple experiments under a single approval, even if they're not related. Ideally, companies and researchers can push the boundaries of cellular, broadband or local networking without interfering with everyday service.