Final Mobile Now Bill May Be Released This Week

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By Lydia Beyoud

Final text of an ambitious bill to release more spectrum for commercial use by 2020 could be made public later this week, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, said today.

The Mobile Now Act would ensure “hundreds of megahertz” are made available for both licensed and unlicensed use, sourced primarily from federal agencies currently occupying the spectrum, Thune said at a 5G policy summit in Washington hosted by CTIA—The Wireless Association.

Thune said he and ranking member Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) were close to finalizing the details of the act. The bill could be marked up in February, though the committee hasn't yet finalized a date, lobbyist sources told Bloomberg BNA.