Washington, DC – The COVID-19 pandemic has put a much-needed focus on ensuring American leadership on the world stage, holding bad actors accountable, and stopping supply chain threats – from our medical stockpile and pharmaceuticals to our communications gear. America must lead in emerging technologies to ensure our continued economic prosperity, and this includes securing a lead in the race to 5G networks. Luckily, the private and public sectors are working together to make sure we have a competitive trusted marketplace for 5G equipment.
This week, more than 30 companies came together to announce a coalition to promote policies that support implementing open 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) technology, a critical part of deploying 5G technology. This commitment by the private sector to advance the same objectives shows the widespread priority to secure our domestic and global communications supply chain, and it’s a great step forward to encourage our allies to follow suit.
Bipartisan leaders of the Energy and Commerce Committee recently introduced a bill to create innovation, promote competition, and grow a trusted communications supply chain for 5G equipment. The Utilizing Strategic Allied (USA) Telecommunications Act of 2020 creates a grant program to help facilitate the deployment of open interfaced, standards-based, and interoperable 5G network equipment throughout U.S. communities. This will help bring new competition and lower costs for trusted 5G equipment, and hopefully bring like-minded countries with us. The bipartisan bill was introduced by E&C Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Committee Chair Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Committee GOP Leader Greg Walden (R-OR), and Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA).
The White House also supports using open, interoperable 5G networks to help us lead in the global technological race.
Bottom line: America must lead in 5G. The public and private sectors share this goal and are working to make it happen.