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Sen. Blackburn on 5G, security and closing the digital divide

Listen to find out how 5G is an exciting technology that could change the way we do things as a country

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Marsha Blackburn
U.S. Senator from Tennessee 

Why Sen. Marsha Blackburn says America’s 5G infrastructure must be built to help close the digital divide

US Senator Marsha Blackburn shares her perspective on 5G and communications security with Brian Hendricks, Nokia VP of Policy and Government Affairs.

Key points:

  • Technical advancements benefit the country, but not if they come at the cost of security.
  • Getting rural America connected is a priority, and the Internet Exchange Act introduced with Sen. Baldwin can help close the digital divide.
  • R&D partnerships between US companies and the Department of Defense could lead to more advancements.

5G is an exciting technology that could change the way we do things as a country.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee is passionate about the new technology and making sure it’s accessible to all Americans.

“This is one of my favorite topics to talk about. How do we get technology into every corner of the country? How do we close the divide?” Blackburn said.

“5G, with these super-fast data rates, is going to enable our healthcare providers to do more with telemedicine. It is going to enable surgeons to do surgery remotely,” Blackburn continued, adding that autonomous vehicles are another area in which 5G’s rapid data speeds can have a tremendous influence.

For that to happen, and for the U.S. to get the most significant benefit out of new technology like 5G, Blackburn hopes to see more public-private partnerships and more companies working together with the Department of Defense on Research and Development projects that could help both the military and civilians.

“What we have to realize is that in the United States, we separate our military and our commerce departments, they aren’t the same. “What we have to do is have our military partner up with these bright minds and innovators that are in the private sector space,” she said.

Increased communication with the DoD also could have benefits for communications providers in other areas as well, the Senator noted. The DoD recently announced that 100 megahertz of mid-band spectrum is being made available for 5G, with more spectrum availability a priority.

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