NTIA Chief to Mobile World Congress: We Are Winning Race to 5G

Diane Rinaldo, acting head of the National Telecommunications & Information Administration, said that thanks to government policies that emphasize collaboration with industry, the U.S., as promised, winning the race to 5G. 

Diane Rinaldo

Diane Rinaldo

President Donald Trump has made winning a chief goal, including beating the Chinese in the race to 5G supremacy. 

In a speech to the Mobile World Congress Americas in Los Angeles, she pointed out that NTIA had pledged that victory at last year's conference and made the case for why the Trump Administration was delivering on that pledge. 

She said that included a long-term spectrum policy, removing obstacles to infrastructure buildouts by streamlining permitting and identifying security gaps. The first two have been the province of the FCC, which has been freeing up spectrum, high and low as it were, for 5G, as well as loosening regs on cell tower environmental and historical reviews and putting other local reviews on the clock. 

She said that there were 5G networks in 35 cities, with that number expected to be pushing 100 by year's end. 

Throw in Silicon Valley chip leadership and more, and "that is what winning looks like," she said. 

She credited the "unmatched power of the free enterprise system" as the engine of that victory track.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.