House Panel Advances Spanberger Plan to Protect 5G Infrastructure

November 22, 2019 by Dan McCue
House Panel Advances Spanberger Plan to Protect 5G Infrastructure

WASHINGTON – The House Energy and Commerce Committee this week advanced Rep. Abigail Spanberger’s plan to protect 5G and next-generation wireless communications systems and mobile infrastructure in Central Virginia and across the United States. 

The Committee’s passage of the Virginia Democrat’s Secure 5G and Beyond Act lays the groundwork for the bill to receive a full vote on the floor of the House.

Last month, the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed her legislation by a unanimous vote.

The Act would require the administration to develop a national strategy to protect U.S. consumers and assist allies and partners in maximizing the security of their 5G telecommunications systems.

The national strategy would also identify additional ways to spur research and development by U.S. companies in a way that maintains access for all Americans and keeps American firms competitive.

“Chinese tech companies like Huawei and ZTE continue to extend their global grip on 5G communications—and their strategic ties to Chinese military and intelligence agencies present serious, pressing national security concerns for the United States and our allies,” Spanberger said.

“If we aren’t actively working to strengthen our resilience against these threats—especially as we see the growing adoption of these technologies in our rural communities and increasing reliance on these high-speed connections—we are putting American families, businesses, and consumer data at risk,” she said.

Spanberger said she was particularly pleased her bill received strong bipartisan support.

“By developing a national, interagency strategy, this bill would help protect the online security of our citizens and our allies as we move forward into the 21st century,” she said. “This bill would also put us on a path toward maintaining our competitive edge in the face of mounting Chinese dominance in the 5G space.”

Last month, the Federal Communications Commission announced its intention to place greater restrictions on Chinese telecommunications companies like Huawei and ZTE due to widespread security concerns.

According to a 2018 North Atlantic Treaty Organization report, Huawei’s growing influence as a leading supplier of 5G technology could be exploited by China to engage in espionage, monitor foreign corporations and governments, and support Chinese military operations.

Spanberger introduced the Secure 5G and Beyond Act in May. The bill is cosponsored by Reps. Susan Brooks, R- Ind., Tom O’Halleran, D-Ariz., Francis Rooney, R-Fla., Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., (D-MI-08), and Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y. 

The Chinese government’s Made in China 2025 plan calls 5G a “strategic emerging industry.”

Already, Chinese tech companies own 36 percent of all 5G standard-essential patents, whereas U.S.-based companies only possess 14 percent of critical 5G patents.

Earlier this year, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford called the potential risks of a Chinese-built 5G network “a critical national security issue” for the United States.

The Act is companion legislation to a bill introduced in the Senate by Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Mark Warner, D-Va., and Richard Burr, R-N.C.

The text of the bill can be read here.

A+
a-
  • 5G
  • Abigail Spanberger
  • mobile communications
  • In The News

    Health

    Voting

    Technology

    May 16, 2024
    by Dan McCue
    Federal, State Agency Collaboration Speeds Recovery From Baltimore’s Key Bridge Collapse

    WASHINGTON — Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg remembers Monday, March 25, as being like any other night. The last thing he... Read More

    WASHINGTON — Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg remembers Monday, March 25, as being like any other night. The last thing he did before going to sleep that night was put his cellphones on a dresser across from his bed, “so I’m not tempted to keep myself awake... Read More

    April 29, 2024
    by Dan McCue
    Energy Department Seeks to Address Grid Interconnection Challenges

    WASHINGTON — It’s one thing to say you want to deploy more renewable and green energy. It’s another to solve... Read More

    WASHINGTON — It’s one thing to say you want to deploy more renewable and green energy. It’s another to solve transmission capacity issues, reduce charges on existing lines, and deploy new digital technology to strengthen grid resilience and reduce costs. In a bid to help, the... Read More

    April 26, 2024
    by Dan McCue
    FCC Reinstates Net Neutrality

    WASHINGTON — It’s back to the future for the nation’s internet service providers, as net neutrality makes a comeback thanks... Read More

    WASHINGTON — It’s back to the future for the nation’s internet service providers, as net neutrality makes a comeback thanks to a 3-2 vote Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission. The “new” rules governing net neutrality are largely the same as those originally adopted by the... Read More

    Trump Called This Visa 'Very Bad' for Americans. Truth Social Applied for One

    MIAMI (AP) — The social media company founded by former President Donald Trump applied for a business visa program that he sought to... Read More

    MIAMI (AP) — The social media company founded by former President Donald Trump applied for a business visa program that he sought to restrict during his administration and which many of his allies want him to curtail in a potential second term. Trump Media & Technology Group, the company behind... Read More

    April 10, 2024
    by Tom Ramstack
    Congress Seeks to Limit Intellectual Property Derived From Artificial Intelligence

    WASHINGTON — A House panel on Wednesday tried to get its hands around the slippery issue of when inventions or... Read More

    WASHINGTON — A House panel on Wednesday tried to get its hands around the slippery issue of when inventions or artistic works developed with artificial intelligence should receive intellectual property rights. Intellectual property normally refers to patents for inventions or copyrights for literary, musical or artistic... Read More

    April 9, 2024
    by Tom Ramstack
    Lawmakers Move Forward on Data Privacy Bill

    WASHINGTON — The heads of the House and Senate Commerce committees reached an agreement on a data privacy bill this... Read More

    WASHINGTON — The heads of the House and Senate Commerce committees reached an agreement on a data privacy bill this week that would override state laws limiting what information corporations can gather on private individuals. It also would give consumers a right to delete their private... Read More

    News From The Well
    scroll top