GOP Sen. Urges Clearing Mid-Band Spectrum In 5G Race

By Christopher Cole (February 25, 2020, 5:03 PM EST) -- U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., on Tuesday urged policymakers to quickly repurpose mid-band spectrum in order to open up more of the airwaves to next-generation wireless use, saying it's critical to beating China to the 5G finish line.

Blackburn, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee's telecom panel, told technology industry experts at a Capitol Hill event that clearing mid-band space that many observers consider underutilized will be pivotal to winning the race to deploy 5G, much like the United States did with 4G networks.

"We want to eliminate uncertainties. We want to build up domestic capabilities," Blackburn said during the...

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