Senate Leaders Announce Bipartisan 5G Leadership Act

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The United States 5G Leadership Act of 2019 legislation would establish US policy for the commercial deployment and security of fifth generation (5G) networks by creating the Supply Chain Security Trust Fund grant program. This program would help US communications providers remove from their networks Chinese equipment determined to threaten national security. The bill:

  • Establishes U.S. policy to promote the deployment of secure commercial 5G networks and the development of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector in the U.S.
  • Establishes U.S. policy that American 5G networks should not include equipment or services provided by Huawei, ZTE, or their affiliates.
  • Requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to finalize its rulemaking that would prohibit the use of Universal Service Fund subsidies to buy equipment or services from providers who pose a national security risk. 
  • Establishes the Supply Chain Security Trust Fund grant program to help U.S. communications providers remove Huawei equipment from their networks — makes available up to $700 million from future spectrum auctions for this purpose. 
  • Requires a report on steps that the Federal government is taking to ensure the secure deployment and availability of 5G networks.
  • Establishes an interagency program – led by the Department of Homeland Security – to share information regarding security, risks, and vulnerabilities with U.S. communications providers. 
  • Prioritizes funding to enhance U.S. representation at international 5G standards setting bodies, such as the International Telecommunications Union.

Sponsors include: Senate Commerce Committee Chairman  Roger Wicker (R-MS), Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Mark Warner (D-VA), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Dan Sullivan (R-AK).


Senate Leaders Announce Bipartisan 5G Leadership Act