August 25, 2016
As U.S. technology companies begin to eye lucrative business opportunities presented by the advent of next generation wireless internet infrastructure — otherwise known as 5G — the Federal Communications Commission is reminding them that cybersecurity must play a part in any and all ventures.
The FCC published a request Wednesday for comment on a new set of proposed 5G rules to the Federal Register focused on adding specific “performance requirements” for developers of example internet-connected devices.
If a company hopes to secure a license to access higher-frequency 5G spectrum in the future then they will need to adhere to these specific requirements — in other words, compliance is non-negotiable. Notably, these FCC “performance requirements” now include the submission of a network security plan.