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Pallone & Doyle on DOD’s Request for Information on Creating a Government-Owned 5G Network

Sep 21, 2020
Press Release

Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D-PA) released the following joint statement today in response to the Department of Defense submitting a Request for Information (RFI) on the creation of a government-owned and operated 5G network:

“The Department of Defense’s RFI on the creation of a government-owned and operated 5G network will do nothing but slow the deployment of this critical technology. The plan appears specifically crafted to enrich President Trump’s cronies and undermines the careful and complicated work done by the FCC and the NTIA to allocate this spectrum for commercial use. Just last week, every FCC Commissioner – including Chairman Pai – were united in opposing ‘a nationalized 5G network.’

“Worse still, our government appears to be backtracking on President Trump’s commitment last month that ‘the American wireless industry will be able to build and operate 5G networks.’  The confusion he and his Administration are creating will surely set us back in the race to 5G.”