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Walden and Latta Statement on Bipartisan Bills to Boost 5G


WASHINGTON, DC – Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Republican Leader Bob Latta (R-OH) released the following statement after House passage of several bipartisan Energy and Commerce Committee bills aimed at boosting 5G in America.

“These bipartisan bills will help us achieve a national priority for the United States: winning the global race to 5G. This technology holds the key to the possibility of self-driving cars, the Internet of Things, telemedicine, rural broadband, and many other doors we have yet to open. Our legislation from the Energy and Commerce Committee will help develop a strategy to secure 5G wireless networks across the United States, solidify America’s position as a global 5G leader, and ensure our national security interests are upheld in international 5G standards. The future of connectivity in America relies on 5G and we urge swift action in the Senate to send these bipartisan measures to President Trump’s desk,” Walden and Latta said.

The House unanimously passed the following bills:

H.R. 2881the “Secure 5G and Beyond Act of 2019,” introduced by Energy and Commerce Reps. Susan Brooks (R-IN) and Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ): This legislation directs the President to develop the “Secure Next Generation Mobile Communications Strategy” in consultation with the heads of FCC, NTIA, and Department of Homeland Security, as well as the DNI and Secretary of Defense.

H.R. 4500the “Promoting United States Wireless Leadership Act of 2019,” introduced by Energy and Commerce Reps. Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI): This legislation directs NTIA to encourage participation by trusted American companies and other stakeholders in standards-setting bodies, and to offer technical assistance to stakeholders that do elect to participate, in the course of developing standards for 5G networks and future generations of communications networks.

H. Res. 575expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that all stakeholders in the deployment of 5G communications infrastructure should carefully consider and adhere to the recommendation of “the Prague Proposals,” introduced by Energy and Commerce Reps. Bill Flores (R-TX) and Darren Soto (D-FL): The resolution also encourages the President and Federal agencies to promote trade and security policies on the international stage that are consistent with “The Prague Proposals.”

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