Canada’s Race to 5G

The coronavirus pandemic has been an important reminder of the benefits of fast internet connections and the need for 5G. With Americans forced to work from home, high-speed internet connections are often necessary just to have a productive day. The internet also now plays an important role in connecting kids to their schools and helping Americans work from home and manage their telehealth appointments that can keep them out of physician offices during the pandemic.

But the deployment of 5G must go hand-in-hand with steps to protect its integrity and ensure that bad actors like China aren’t able to infiltrate this critical communications network. Canada is one of the United States’ most important allies, and it is encouraging to see our neighbor taking steps to protect its 5G network. By keeping Huawei out of its network, Canada is siding with the United States and other democratic allies over the interests of China.

Canada will soon begin executing its own C-band auction, opening up the digital spectrum needed to deploy 5G across the country. In the United States, that auction is already underway, and generating significantly more government revenue than was expected. Hopefully, Canada will have the same experience, and our nations can continue working together to build a secure global communications network.

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.