Statement on FCC Proposal to Establish Raleigh, NC and Boston, MA as Innovation Zones for Research and Development

FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel has proposed establishing Raleigh, North Carolina and Boston, Massachusetts as new innovation zones for wireless communications research and development. Below is a statement from Open RAN Policy Coalition Executive Director Diane Rinaldo:

“The Open RAN Policy Coalition applauds FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel’s proposal to establish “innovation zones” in Raleigh, North Carolina and Boston, Massachusetts to help spur the development and integration of Open RAN and 5G network technologies.

Private sector and government collaboration on research, development and test beds that support Open RAN deployment will go a long way towards future-proofing our telecommunications systems by encouraging innovation, competition and vendor diversity in the 5G supply chain. We urge the full Commission to adopt this proposal at its August 5 Open Meeting.”