Federal Officials Prepare To Tap Boston As 5G Innovation Zone

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston is soon to be designated as an “innovation zone” to help research and expand 5G technology.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is gearing up for a vote to establish the zone to advance wireless communications and look into 5G network technologies.

FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel said innovation zones support "cutting edge research and development" that is crucial to advancing wireless leadership.

"I am grateful to city and research facility leaders, and our partners at the national science foundation, for working with us to deliver these opportunities,” she said.

Rosenworcel added that the move will bring together operators, vendors, and even government agencies to "spur the development and integration of 5G network technologies and open radio access networks."

The full commission is taking up a vote on Aug. 5 to designate Boston and Raleigh, North Carolina --- joining the likes of New York City and Salt Lake City, which were chosen as innovation zones in 2019.

Federal officials are currently in the process of taking public comment on the issue.

WBZ News Radio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports.

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