Senate Panel to Tackle 5G Spectrum This Week

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Representatives for CTIA, the Wireless Infrastructure Association, Cisco, and New America’s Open Technology Institute will testify at a December 5 Senate Commerce telecom subcommittee hearing on the implementation of MOBILE NOW, the spectrum law that Chairman John Thune (R-SD) ushered through last Congress. The hearing will examine the implementation of several mandates required by the Making Opportunities for Broadband Investment and Limiting Excessive and Needless Obstacles to Wireless Act (MOBILE NOW).  

Representing WIA will be President/CEO Jonathan Adelstein and testifying for CTIA will be Scott Bergmann, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs. Sioux Falls, SD Mayor Paul TenHaken is also slated to speak.

The measure bundled several proposals aimed at speeding 5G deployment, including opening up more wireless spectrum for commercial use and accelerating government sign-off for infrastructure. The panel says witnesses are expected to discuss the law’s mandates as well as its “spectrum provisions and the streamlining of broadband infrastructure on federal lands.”

December 2, 2019

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