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President Trump Calls for 5G Spectrum Management, Security Program

President Trump directs government agencies to outline their 5G needs, develop a secure long-term 5G strategy suitable for business and government, and the creation of Spectrum Strategy Task Force.

President Trump Calls for 5G Spectrum Management, Security Program

President Trump's memo calls for government agencies to outline their needs to the Secretary of Commerce within 180 days.

The pending 5G wireless spectrum now even has the attention of President Donald Trump. 

The President issued a “Presidential Memorandum on Developing a Sustainable Spectrum Strategy for America’s Future” that calls for the creation of a 5G Spectrum Task Force. 

In his memorandum to government agencies on October 25, he notes:

“As the National Security Strategy of 2017 made clear, access to spectrum is a critical component of the technological capabilities that enable economic activity and protect national security.  Wireless communications and associated data applications establish a foundation for high‑wage jobs and national prosperity.  While American industry continues to extract greater and greater value from spectrum, each technological leap also increases demands on its usage. 

Those demands have never been greater than today, with the advent of autonomous vehicles and precision agriculture, the expansion of commercial space operations, and the burgeoning Internet of Things signaling a nearly insatiable demand for spectrum access.  

Moreover, it is imperative that America be first in fifth-generation (5G) wireless technologies — wireless technologies capable of meeting the high-capacity, low-latency, and high-speed requirements that can unleash innovation broadly across diverse sectors of the economy and the public sector. 

Flexible, predictable spectrum access by the United States Government will help ensure that Federal users can meet current and future mission requirements for a broad range of both communications- and non-communications-based systems.”

The memo calls for government agencies to outline their needs to the Secretary of Commerce within 180 days, a long-term strategy to be sent to the White House within 270 days, and the creation of Spectrum Strategy Task Force.

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The task force will work with the FCC and be co-chaired by a Chief Technology Officer and the Director of the National Economic Council, or their designees, and include representatives from various government entities, including the Office of Management and Budget, National Security Council, National Space Council, and the Council of Economic Advisers.  

About the Author

Jason Knott
Jason Knott:

Jason Knott is Chief Content Officer for Emerald Expositions Connected Brands. Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990, serving as editor and publisher of Security Sales & Integration. He joined CE Pro in 2000 and serves as Editor-in-Chief of that brand. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He has been a member of the CEDIA Business Working Group since 2010. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California.




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