WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a letter today to U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and John Thune (R-S.D.), U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) explained the importance of holding a public auction for the c-band spectrum, which is needed to deploy 5G technology that will be required for everything from cars to cellphones.
Sen. Kennedy included language in the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act of 2020 urging the Federal Communication Commission to put American families ahead of foreign-owned satellite companies by conducting a public auction.
“We’re in an international race to lead 5G technology. It’s a race that the U.S. must win without compromising on transparency and fairness for the American taxpayers,” said Sen. Kennedy. “A spectrum sale should not enrich foreign companies and possibly deny broadband to American customers.”
A copy of the letter is below: