5G Funding in COVID Relief Bill? Bipartisan Support Grows...
More than 35 House representatives are pushing to fund the development and deployment of wireless 5G technology known as radio access networks, or RANs — which are virtual alternatives to physical 5G equipment — as part of upcoming coronavirus relief legislation. The letter, sent to chamber leaders Nancy Pelosi and Kevin McCarthy, represents the biggest and most explicit ask to secure funding to develop RAN technology.
According to the lawmakers, RAN technology is key infrastructure for 5G wireless networks, and offers a software-based alliterative to 5G hardware that could make the U.S. more competitive against Chinese telecom giant Huawei.
Earlier this year, the White and House and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) touted the merits of RAN, and just this month, a large industry coalition formed to promote it called the Open RAN Policy Coalition, with members ranging from AT&T to Facebook.