Last week, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said that he foresees fifth-generation wireless (5G) becoming a “fixed broadband replacement product” within the next three to five years. It will provide customers fastest speed than most of cable and DSL connections. AT&T marketing and advertising department explain that the public will see unpredicted innovation as these kinds of networks come in line.


Both Verizon and AT&T have spent years in showcasing it as a virtual network and an answer to the slow speeds and sporadic availability of conventional broadband. If 5G could really stand for America’s broadband it would fill a large gap in the country’s internet access. Data of the Federal Communications Commission shows that fiber broadband remains unavailable for most of the Americans.

Both Verizon and AT&T backlash for promising the fiber they did not deliver and the Government also failed to appropriately plan broadband availability. Some of the experts said there are many reasons to believe about the hype surrounding 5G as it definitely gives you faster, lower-latency networks.

In the government filings, Groups like Electronic Frontier Foundation argued that 5G connection overshadowed companies of long-standing failures to deploy real fiber broadband to rural and less affluent urban markets.

Ernesto Falcon, legislative counsel at the EFF, told The Verge“Absolutely no way is wireless service ever going to be competitive with high-speed wireline services, The fastest speeds the industry is boasting about for the future of wireless has already been surpassed by fiber to the home years ago.”

Rural carriers have accused Verizon and AT&T because of exaggerating 4G availibilty while researchers have shown early 5G availability is already being exaggerated by carrier marketing departments. In the past consumers should believe carrier promises of 5G availability, they have seen it only once. Majority of 5G marketing and press coverage presents the main reason why the 5G is not a perfect replacement for fixed-line broadband: price.

Moreover, US consumers had paid the highest prices for 4G LTE access, AT&T initially offers 5G at $500 for a hot spot and $70 for just 15 gigabytes of usage, including the access fees just to connect to the network. There was no fixed-line replacement, especially as 4K gaming and next-generation game streaming go mainstream.

The sudden shift to 5G gained a deal with one of the largest network, however, it causes prime Wi-fi cost in the US. The largest ISPs enjoys a de facto monopoly over the enterprise knowledge companies (BDS) market. It adds a huge cost to offer wireless network service. This special access market connects the whole area from cell towers to ATMs to the bigger web, and FCC data points out that in 73 percent of geographical areas. This market is dominated by just one ISP (usually AT&T, Verizon, or CenturyLink).

“The incumbents have already raised costs on enterprise prospects through BDS strains,” the group mentioned, “and permitting them to burn the bridge to broadband would go away thousands and thousands of shoppers with greater payments, slower speeds and not using a 5G future.”

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For example, Verizon charges high fees to its customers for unlimited data to view content in Full HD. On the other hand, Sprint also did the same and charges their users with additional money to avoid the throttling of games, video, and music.

“If the carriers adopt aggressive zero-rating plans in the 5G market as a means to charge ever higher prices, it will directly stifle the promise of faster wireless service and allow them to engage in anti-competitive practices against alternatives on the Internet,” Falcon said.

The purpose of the debate is not to dive disadvantaged of 5G when it applied on the full scale which won’t be happening until 2020 or later. Those who anxiously waiting for the 5G network to fix the worst Broadband sector of the United States which is currently high priced providing no good services.