Commercial Wireless Networks: The Essential Foundation of the Drone Industry

Today, more than 800,000 UAVs, otherwise known as drones, are registered in the United States. In the United States alone, drone commerce is expected to add more than $80 billion to the economy and create more than 100,000 new jobs by 2025.

For the U.S. to realize the full potential of drones, policymakers and industry need to work together to craft a regulatory environment that encourages commercial drone deployment. In the coming months, policymakers will address a critical issue: determining how drones will communicate—with each other, with other devices, with their surroundings—and then create standards and processes reflecting this decision.