Senate Slates Hearing on Suspect 5G Tech

The Senate Commerce Committee will hold a hearing next week on "5G Supply Chain Security: Threats and Solutions." 

The committee will look at the integrity of that supply chain and the federal government's role in mitigating risks to telecommunications equipment in the transition to a 5G, IoT world. 

Related: FCC Seeks Info on ZTE, Huawei 

The federal government has already taken a number of steps, including 1) the Commerce Department decision to put Chinese telecoms (and 5G equipment supplier) ZTE and Huawei on a list of suspect companies that the U.S. should not be dealing with; 2) the FCC's decision to tentatively disallow the use of broadband subsidy funds for purchase of ZTE, Huawei equipment, and potentially from others identified as national security risks; and 3) legislation that prevents the use of government contract money for suspect tech.

Related: Suspect Tech Unwelcome in Government Contracts 

Witnesses for the March 4 hearing, subject to change, are: Steven Berry, Competitive Carriers Association; Jason Boswell, Ericsson; Rick Corker, Nokia; and Dr. James Lewis, Center for Strategic and International Studies. 

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.