SOUTH DAKOTA BUSINESS DAILY: COVID-19 pandemic ushers in 5G economy and jobs, led by Sen. Thune

By Juliette Fairley | May 19, 2020

he COVID-19 outbreak forced Americans to engage online in ways like never before, resulting in many becoming painfully aware of the need for universally accessible high speed broadband, such as 5G technology, according to Mike Rogers, former Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

Leading the push for 5G infrastructure development and deployment is Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-SD) who introduced the bi-partisan 5G Telecommunications Skilled Workforce Act on Feb. 27, 2020

Senator Thune’s (R-SD) legislation is co-sponsored by Jon Tester (D-MT), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Gary Peters (D-MI), and Roger Wicker (R-MS).

“5G will open up incredible opportunities across our daily lives — from enabling telemedicine, improving the efficiency of how we manufacture goods, to making mining more efficient and safer,” Rogers told the South Dakota Business Daily.

Some 20,000 jobs are available for tower climbers to install equipment and Congress is expected to include funding for telecommunications infrastructure training and apprenticeship programs into coronavirus relief packages, according to Republican Commissioner Brendan Carr of the Federal Communications Commission.

“That’s going to be a great opportunity as we look to get Americans back to work,” Carr said in an interview posted on Morning Consult. “Relatively quickly, you can transition from whatever you were doing before — whether it exists now or it doesn’t exist now — into a good-paying job.”

As a result, the potential for the long term economic impact of 5G development in the United States alone includes not only the network itself but also the applications, devices and technologies it will facilitate.

“It will enable the Internet of Things that will make farming, mining, and manufacturing more efficient and safer, while creating high tech and high paying jobs as well jobs we haven’t even thought of,” said Rogers, current chairman of 5G Action Now. “For our personal lives, it will enable autonomous vehicles but also bring world-class medical treatment to even the most rural locations. The economic benefit will be incredible.”

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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.