FCC proposes 5G cybersecurity requirements, asks for industry advice

August 25, 2016

Chris Bing

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. 

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