The U.S. faces an “unprecedented security challenge” by falling behind on the development of fifth generation communications technology – known as “5G” – a bipartisan group of Senators wrote in a letter to the White House.
Their letter requests that the White House appoint a 5G coordinator to develop a national strategy.
“In our view, the current national level approach to 5G is comprised of a dispersed coalition of common concern, rather than a coordinated, interagency activity,” they wrote in their Nov. 18 letter, which was released Tuesday. “This fractured approach will not be sufficient to rise to the challenge the country faces.”
The letter was signed by Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Mark Warner (D-Va.).