Senate bill would put $1.25B in play for 5G O-RAN R&D, security

A new, bipartisan bill in the Senate would require the Federal Communications Commission to set aside $750 million in spectrum auction proceeds to strengthen the ecosystem of open standards-based 5G solutions that don’t originate from China, including OpenRAN and the Telecom Infra Project.

The bill also calls for $500 million to be used to fund work related to 5G network security and promote multilateral adoption of such technology.

The proposed Utilizing Strategic Allied (USA) Telecommunications Act, which was sponsored by a bipartisan group of senators including Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-Va) as well as Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), who is the ranking Democratic member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas), Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and Michael Bennet (D-Colorado).

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