Gardner Urges FCC to Further Advance 5G Mobile Connectivity

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, today sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Wheeler and Commissioners Clyburn, Rosenworcel, Pai, and O’Rielly regarding 5G mobile broadband service. Gardner urged the FCC to consider additional options to further mobile connectivity, helping to deploy the next generation of 5G technology to ensure the United States remains a global leader in broadband innovation.


The letter reads in full:


Dear Chairman Wheeler and Commissioners:


I write today asking the Commission to issue a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) that considers the possibility of extending Multichannel Video Distribution and Data Service (MVDDS) spectrum licensees the ability to use their 12.2-12.7 GHz holdings for 5G mobile broadband service.


5G mobile broadband service is the connectivity standard of the future. It will be significantly faster than existing 4G LTE technology, connect the ever-expanding Internet of Things, and provide consistent coverage in rural and urban areas alike, among other benefits.


Given the possibility of such substantial improvements to mobile broadband, countries including the United Kingdom, Japan, and South Korea are actively working to deploy 5G networks faster than the United States, thereby endangering our position as the global leader in mobile communications connectivity. To date, dozens of American companies have invested considerable effort and resources into keeping the United States at the forefront of mobile broadband technology—I commend those ongoing investments.


As we confront these mounting connectivity challenges, however, I believe the Commission should explore as many feasible options as possible for transitioning to 5G in order to keep the United States internationally competitive. That is why I am asking the Commission to issue this FNPRM at the meeting where it considers the pending Spectrum Frontiers proceeding, while taking care to address any potential interference concerns that may arise with the use of 12.2-12.7 GHz spectrum for 5G service.

The United States must continue to lead the world in the next generation of 5G technology. I look forward to the Commission’s efforts to ensure we remain at the forefront of the mobile communications revolution and thank you for your consideration. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-5941.



Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.

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