Should the Federal Government Be in the 5G Business?

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The Department of Defense (DoD) recently issued a Request for Information about the possibility of constructing a new national 5G network on 450 MHz of mid-band spectrum presently assigned to the Department. Access to this spectrum by commercial wireless services could be granted when it is not needed for national security requirements through a dynamic spectrum-sharing arrangement. Many members of Congress from both sides of the aisle, as well as members of the Federal Communications Commission, have expressed concern about DoD’s intentions. Recent press reports assert that several high-ranking officials in the White House are pushing the idea despite President Trump’s public opposition to such a plan. Should the DoD proceed with constructing its own network? Should the 450 MHz of mid-band spectrum be auctioned to private providers? Should the Department instead rely on the network services of commercial wireless providers? Please join us for a teleforum with industry experts to discuss the policy and economic implications.


Jon Adame, General Counsel, Office of Sen. Marsha Blackburn

Kelly Cole, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, CTIA

George S. Ford, Chief Economist, Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies

Moderator: Lawrence J. Spiwak, President, Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal & Economic Public Policy Studies; member of the Federalist Society’s Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group Executive Committee


This call is open to the public and press. Dial 888-752-3232 to access the call.