We need to take 5G seriously

5G Action Now is committed to ensuring America has the resources to close the gap on China and win the race to 5G.

Today, 5G Action Now Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI, ret.) sent a letter to Senators Mark Warner and Richard Burr, commending them on introducing the Utilizing Strategic Allied Telecommunications Act, which would provide American companies with the resources they need to counter companies like Huawei — including at least $750 million in funding.

Chairman Rogers also reinforced the need to hold a public auction of the C-Band Spectrum in order to raise the funding necessary to fight back China’s 5G strategy.

As the former House Intelligence Chairman, Chairman Rogers sounded the alarm about Huawei and China’s aggressive 5G push in 2012.

He knows that rapidly countering China’s investment in 5G and turning America into a leader in the 5G market is absolutely crucial to our national security. We need to make 5G research and development a national priority and we need to do it now.

If we don’t, we risk losing out on millions of jobs and billions of dollars of economic impact. Even worse, China will be able to control our entire digital world — creating an unprecedented threat to American national security.

Read the letter here.

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.