U.S. President Donald Trump prioritized strengthening cybersecurity protocols, investing in wireless infrastructure and utilizing new technologies as part of a sweeping policy document on national security strategy released Dec. 18.
Citing the importance of data in guiding America's interests, the document pledges to support efforts to better secure key infrastructure and protect data from cyber threats. It also specifically calls for investing in a nationwide 5G wireless network as part of an effort to boost the U.S. economy by strengthening domestic infrastructure. More broadly, the document pledges to invest in technology to propel U.S. interests at home and abroad.
Wireless industry advocates immediately applauded the document's inclusion of 5G among domestic infrastructure priorities.
"We are locked in a race with countries such as China and Russia to be the first to deploy 5G. To win this race we need government to make more spectrum available to industry and modernize the rules governing the deployment of wireless infrastructure," said CTIA-The Wireless Association CEO Meredith Attwell Baker in a statement on the Trump administration's plans.
The move also received praise from Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Chairman Marsha Blackburn, whose committee has held several hearings on 5G technology deployment challenges. "I look forward to working alongside the administration to ensure America remains a leader in technology and innovation," Blackburn said in a statement.