WASHINGTON, DC – 5G Action Now’s National Spokesman Ian Prior released the following statement on Chairman Ajit Pai’s testimony today before the Senate Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee:

“5G Action Now applauds Chairman Pai for advocating clearly and concisely why it is so important for our economic and national security to free up the C-Band spectrum immediately for 5G.

“We are disappointed, however, that Chairman Kennedy chose to focus on hypothetical ‘better deals’ using fuzzy math than the very real fact that China is far ahead of us in 5G development and deployment, and that any delay in freeing up the C-Band for 5G puts our national and economic security at risk.”


About 5G Action Now

5G Action Now was founded to establish the United States as the worldwide leader in 5G. Our goal is to elevate the conversation regarding American national security and the economic benefits of winning the 5G innovation and deployment battle against China. 5G will spur economic growth in rural America, create an environment for technological expansion, and put the U.S. on strong national security footing for generations to come.

5G Action Now supports the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) goal of a 2020 C-band auction. Additionally, we support Members of Congress of both parties working together with the federal government to win the 5G race against China.

About Mike Rogers

Mike Rogers is the former Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and now serves as the Chairman of 5G Action Now.

In Congress, Chairman Rogers worked with two presidents, Congressional leadership, foreign leaders, diplomats, and intelligence professionals, and oversaw the Intelligence Community’s $70 billion budget that funded the nation’s 17 intelligence agencies. Before being elected to represent Michigan in the House of Representatives, he was an FBI special agent and member of the U.S. Army.

Today, he hosts the CNN Original Series Declassified, regularly appears on various TV and radio shows, and frequently contributes to major print outlets. He is also a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center where he is leading a program on 5G, national security, and intelligence policy.