Leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives committee in recent time asked the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) to postpone an auction for radio frequency spectrum for next-gen 5G wireless communications. Eddie Bernice Johnson—the HCSST’s (House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology) Democratic Chairwoman—along with Frank Lucas—Member of Republican Party—cited apprehensions that the spectrum under contemplation can hinder with signals for sensors concerning climate and weather forecasting, and stated such interference can affect public safety.
Johnson and Lucas advised the regulatory agency to postpone the spectrum auction till it appropriately deals with the worries of relevant departments and agencies such as the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), the Pentagon, and the NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration). In a letter to the members of the FCC, the duo wrote, “Our apprehension is not with 5G technology. Nonetheless, advancements in telecommunications must not come at the cost of the security and safety of the American people.” The FCC began the agency’s first high-band range auction for 5G in November. Reportedly, 5G networks are anticipated to be 100 times faster than the present 4G networks, reduce delays, and consent for innovations in several fields.
Recently, the FCC was in news as it was reported that the Democrats’ net neutrality bill will push Ajit Pai—Chairman of the U.S. FCC—to do his job. Chief congressional Democrats in recent time initiated legislation to reinstate the open internet rules revoked by the Trump government in December 2017. Democrats in the Senate and House introduced companions bills intended at restoring the Obama-era net neutrality regulations that forbid broadband suppliers from throttling or blocking websites or offering favored businesses higher-quality assistance for additional charges. The bill will further reinstate the FCC’s expansive authority to monitor internet service in the U.S. and penalize contributors for “unreasonable and unjust” practices badly affecting consumers and small business.