Larry Downes: “5G: What is it good for?” (Washington Post)

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5G, or 5th generation mobile, is the next big leap in wireless communications. You’ve probably heard about it in commercials or seen it in headlines. But much of the discussion about the new technology has been focused on its engineering features, infrastructure requirements and public policy considerations. With technical buzzwords like “network slicing,” “beamforming,” and “multi-access edge computing,” it may be hard to really understand what 5G is all about and why we should care. Here, then, is a brief explanation of how 5G will be used and what it will mean for your online experience — and your everyday life.

Read more of Larry Downes’ op-ed in The Washington Post.