Overnight Tech: FCC ready to move on 5G | Apple CEO raising cash for Ryan | Trump delegate reelected to Facebook board

LEDE: Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said on Monday that he would introduce an item this week to open up spectrum for 5G wireless.

"Here's the key – the interconnected world we live in today is the result of decisions we made a decade ago," he said in a speech at the National Press Club. "The interconnected world of the future will be the result of decisions we must make today. That is why 5G is a national priority, and why, this Thursday, I am circulating to my colleagues proposed new rules that will identify and open up vast amounts of spectrum for 5G applications."

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The report and order and further notice of proposed rule making -- called Spectrum Frontiers -- would open up high band spectrum for use in 5G applications, according to Wheeler.

"I'm confident these actions will lead to a cornucopia of unanticipated innovative uses, and generate tens of billions of dollars in economic activity," he said. The Verge has more here.

MESSAGING SIDENOTE: Is the 5G cornucopia the new "spectrum extravaganza?"

WHEELER STILL NOT COMMITTED TO EXIT DATE: The will-he-say-it saga for Tom Wheeler continued on Monday. Republicans are smarting that he won't commit to leaving with President Obama -- as is custom -- and have said that until he does it will be harder to move the re-nomination of Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel. "I think the reality is this -- that Commissioner Rosenworcel ought to be confirmed standing on her own," he said at the Press Club, while adding he knew the tradition was to let a new president appoint a new chair. "As a fellow who studies history I understand the precedent and I respect the precedent." But it could be a while before he commits: "There's a little thing [that's] going to happen in November and let's see what happens."

WHAT SET-TOP PLAN OPPONENTS ARE BUZZING ABOUT: Opponents of the FCC's set-top box proposal seem heartened by this statement from Democratic commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, which started making the rounds on Friday: "Set-top boxes are clunky and costly. Consumers don't like them and they don't like paying for them. Kudos to the Chairman for kicking off this conversation but it has become clear the original proposal has real flaws and as I've suggested before, is too complicated. We need to find another way forward. So I'm glad that efforts are underway to hash out alternatives to provide consumers with more choice and more competition at lower cost." Her comments come after industry groups put out an alternative proposal to open up the market through apps without opening up the market for boxes. Wheeler's team says he's excited to work with other commissioners on the item, which is expected to be brought up for a vote later this year.

WHEELER SAYS CABLE PROVES HIS POINT: "I think it's absolutely terrific that the cable industry came forward with this proposal,' said Wheeler at his event. 'I had been asking them to do this. And I think that by coming forward they indicate that a lot of the arguments that had been put up against our STB [set-top box], free the box proposal really fell from the wayside."

APPLE FUNDRAISING ALERT: Politico reports (and others confirm) that Apple CEO Tim Cook is holding a fundraiser for Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHouse Ethics Committee informs Duncan Hunter he can no longer vote after guilty plea Duncan Hunter pleads guilty after changing plea Trump campaign steps up attacks on Biden MORE next week. Cook has been working for some time to improve the company's relationship with both sides of the aisle in Washington. But the fundraising comes after Apple decided not to financially support the Republican convention over concerns with the rhetoric of presumptive nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate US sending 20,000 troops to Europe for largest exercises since Cold War Barr criticizes FBI, says it's possible agents acted in 'bad faith' in Trump probe MORE.

AND APPLE GETS A BOOST IN INDIA: Bloomberg reports that new foreign investment rules in India could be good news for Apple's dreams of opening standalone retail stores in the country. The rules weaken mandates that retailers in the country get close to a third of their materiel from India. Apple has been pushing the country on the issue, with CEO Tim Cook recently bringing it up while meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

MEET THE NEW SYSTEM: The sleek Electronic Comment Filing System update at the FCC isn't in beta anymore. Check it out here, and email us with all of your laments and praises for the new system.

 

ON TAP:

At 9:00 a.m., the Innovation and Information Technology Foundation hosts an event on labor laws and the on-demand economy.

At 4:30 p.m., a Mercatus event tackles what comes next after the D.C. Circuit's decision on the FCC's net neutrality rules.

 

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

Peter Thiel, the billionaire Donald Trump delegate who has worked aggressively to bankrupt Gawker Media, will stay on Facebook's board of directors.

Lawmakers are set to vote Tuesday on a bill that would block low-income consumers from getting a federal subsidy for mobile phone and wireless broadband plans.

President Obama will appear at a Friday event with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, according to an administration official.

Digital rights organizations are launching another push to combat changes to a little-known criminal procedure rule, set to go into effect in December if Congress fails to act.

A marketplace for hijacked servers may have been more than twice as large as previously reported.

The man believed to have set up and maintained former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDOJ backs ex-Trump campaign aide Rick Gates's probation request The media have fallen out of love with Bernie, but have voters? Trump request for Ukrainian 'favor' tops notable quote list MORE's private email server will be deposed this week after a more than two-week delay.

President Obama on Monday joked that he is not worried about finding work after he leaves the White House in January, saying he is "going to get on LinkedIn."

 

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