WIA Awards to Honor Reps. Matsui, Guthrie as “Wireless Workforce Champions”


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The Wireless Infrastructure Association (WIA) revealed that Reps. Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Brett Guthrie (R-KY) will receive Congressional Wireless Workforce Champion Awards. The WIA Foundation will present the honor at the 2019 WIA Awards on October 1, in Washington, D.C.

 “Congresswoman Matsui and Congressman Guthrie are strong supporters for developing the wireless workforce,” said WIA President/CEO Jonathan Adelstein. 

“They keenly understand that winning the global race to 5G requires a workforce that is properly trained, particularly through apprenticeships. Their work has helped call attention to the job skills gap we face today, and they are driving action to address the issue.”

Matsui and Guthrie Co-Chair the bipartisan Congressional Spectrum Caucus. Matsui is Co-Chair of the Congressional High Tech Caucus and a Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee. Guthrie is on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and is the ranking member of the Oversight and Investigation subcommittee.  

 “The stakes are high in the race to 5G because it has the power to unleash a new era and new possibilities for our economy. For us to win, we need to build the wireless workforce of the future and encourage people of all ages to pursue rewarding careers in telecommunications,” said Matsui. “Reducing the skills gap, providing broader opportunity for apprenticeships, and building next-generation wireless infrastructure is the focus of my work in Congress, which is why I am honored to receive the Wireless Workforce Champion Award.”

 Guthrie added: “It is critical to have a well-trained workforce to build and upgrade the infrastructure of next-generation networks. Apprenticeship programs play an important role in ensuring the workforce has the skills required to deploy 5G.” He too, thanked the WIA Foundation for the award, and said he’s committed to ensuring that the U.S. remains the global leader in wireless technology as the nation transitions to 5G.

 RSVP and sponsorship information for the WIA Awards and TEC’s 5G workshop training is available here: https://awards.wia.org.

September 13, 2019

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