WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a move that will benefit American taxpayers, U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) secured language in the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act of 2020 that will free up C-band spectrum for 5G technology through a public auction.
Everything from self-driving cars to cellphones will need 5G wireless technology. The federal government is trying to make more C-band spectrum available in order to deploy the technology. At issue is whether to conduct a multi-billion dollar, closed-door spectrum deal that would mostly benefit foreign-owned satellite companies.
“The choice is clear. A private sale has too many pitfalls, including the risk of an inefficient deployment of 5G spectrum that will shut out our rural families. Our country is great because of competition,” said Sen. Kennedy. “A transparent public auction will save American taxpayers millions of dollars. It will ensure that you can watch the Saints win the Super Bowl regardless of whether you live in New Orleans or Mamou.”
Last week, Sen. Kennedy wrote a letter to U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) explaining the importance of holding a public auction. A copy of the letter can be found here.