Thune Discusses State of 5G Technology in Commerce Hearing

Thune Discusses State of 5G Technology in Commerce Hearing

“This is an issue of enormous consequence, I believe, to our global competitiveness, our economy, and the country that embraces and gets ahead and wins the race on 5G …”

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, today discussed the state of 5G technology with a panel of experts at a full Commerce Committee hearing entitled, “Winning the Race to 5G and the Next Era of Technology Innovation in the United States.”

“This is an issue of enormous consequence, I believe, to our global competitiveness, our economy, and the country that embraces and gets ahead and wins the race on 5G. I think [the United States] is going to benefit enormously from the economic dividends that come with that,” said Thune.

During the 114th and 115th Congresses, Thune served as chairman of the full committee and authored the MOBILE NOW Act, a law that will boost the development of next-generation gigabit wireless broadband services, including 5G, by ensuring more spectrum is made available for commercial use and by reducing the red tape associated with building broadband networks.

Last Congress, Thune introduced the STREAMLINE Small Cell Deployment Act, legislation that would update the Communications Act to better reflect developing technology and facilitate the rapid deployment of 5G networks to meet consumer demand by setting reasonable standards for public review of infrastructure siting while recognizing the unique challenges for small municipalities.

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One Reply to “Thune Discusses State of 5G Technology in Commerce Hearing”

  1. Anonymous

    Meeting consumer demand? Are there not enough consumers demanding research into the dangers 5G towers pose to residents?

    Dave Gillotte, President of LA County Firefighter’s Union, has been reporting on the dangers of 5G and pushing for towers to be halted/removed from fire stations. The first responders have reported having: cognitive impairment, depression, anxiety, extreme fatigue and other health issues. Red Flag anyone? There are also many reports of how dangerous 5G towers can be to children.

    Does Thune care about his constituents? Maybe. Why push so hard for 5G when there are countless satellites? Maybe some more research should be conducted before installation?

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