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New York and Salt Lake are about to become 5G test-bed cities

September 18, 2019 / ALISON DENISCO RAYOME

The Federal Communications Commission named New York City and Salt Lake City as its first two "Innovation Zones" on Wednesday. The two metro areas will act as city-scale test-beds for advanced wireless communications and network research and experimentation, including 5G, according to a press release.  Both cities already have licensed experimental programs under way. The Innovation Zone extends the areas in which tests can be done, and gives the flexibility to conduct multiple experiments under one authorization. It's meant to help develop new technologies and services, while also protecting existing services against interference, the release said. "These projects will test new advanced technologies and prototype networks like those that can support 5G technologies," FCC Chair Ajit Pai said in the release. "We're also establishing a process to ensure new innovators can have access to this testing resource while protecting current, licensed users.&...