Need For 5G Receives Bipartisan Support

As the United States is working to make 5G available nationwide, China is already thinking about 6G. Huawei Chairman Xu Zhijun recently announced the company plans to launch 6G equipment and networks in 2030. According to PC Magazine, “If Zhijun is to be believed, Huawei’s take on 6G will be 50 times faster than 5G when it arrives in less than nine years.”

The fact that China is already thinking about the next generation of broadband makes it even more urgent that the United States continues its focus on deploying 5G as expeditiously as possible. Fortunately, there have been several encouraging signs lately that this is happening.

During a recent subcommittee hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives, Members of Congress voiced support for funding programs aimed at boosting 5G radio access technology. Even more encouraging is that these proposals seem to enjoy broad bipartisan support, a rare sight in Washington, DC these days.

Globally, the United States is also reaching out to our allies in an effort to build a stronger 5G network. The Biden Administration recently reached an agreement with Japan to invest in research, development, testing and deployment of secure 5G networks.

In addition, President Biden has announced that Vice President Harris will be leading the Administration’s efforts to expand access to affordable, high-speed internet to the 35 percent of rural America that still lacks access.

Gigi Sohn, a former counselor to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler, told The Washington Post, “Putting the Vice President in charge of the administration’s broadband efforts shows that the President considers closing the digital divide of utmost importance.”

Taken together, these actions are a good sign that Republicans and Democrats recognize both the importance of expanding access to 5G nationally – staying first in the race to 5G is as important as the space race was in the 1960s.

By: Mike Rogers, Chairman of 5G Action Now

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.