ICYMI: Guthrie Introduces Bill to Promote Competitive and Secure 5G Equipment
Washington, April 30, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02), along with House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR), and Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA), last week introduced the bipartisan Utilizing Strategic Allied (USA) Telecommunications Act of 2020.
The bill would authorize up to $750 million for a grant program administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce, in consultation with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and other federal agencies, to promote and accelerate the deployment and use of open interfaced, standards-based, and interoperable 5G networks throughout the United States.
“Earlier this year, Congress took strong action to protect our communications networks against foreign interference from dangerous companies like Huawei and ZTE. Now, we must follow that up by promoting equipment and technologies that can ensure a more diverse, sustainable, and competitive supply chain for America’s 5G networks,” said Guthrie, Pallone, Walden, and Matsui. “The ‘USA Telecommunications Act of 2020’ will encourage more competition in the network equipment market and help lower costs for trusted equipment over the long term. By promoting a more competitive market of trusted alternatives to suspect 5G equipment, we can more easily secure our critical networks and bring like-minded countries with us. We look forward to moving this bill through Congress soon.”
Guthrie added, “5G technology is key to ensuring that rural areas have greater access to broadband and mobile service. With more people working and studying from home than ever before, I was proud to join my colleagues to introduce the USA Telecommunications Act to help the United States get the equipment we need to improve our wireless networks.”
Specifically, the USA Telecommunications Act would: