China Tech Threat joins diverse group of policy scholars and organizations in support of the integrity of satellite broadband in the 12 GHz

Today China Tech Threat joined a diverse group of organizations on a letter to leaders of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee and the House Energy & Commerce Committee in support of the integrity of satellite broadband in the 12 GHz band. Some 10 million U.S. households use satellite broadband today, and the number is growing. Ensuring secure, high-quality broadband for all Americans is an important countermeasure in the connectivity competition with China.

A historic effort to close the digital divide is underway, and 12 GHz frequencies are well-suited to deliver connectivity to unserved and underserved communities across America. Actions taken by Congress and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have paved the way for global U.S. leadership in 5G and can do the same for 6G. 5G is revolutionizing mobile wireless technology, powering new fixed wireless broadband competition, and paving the way for continued economic and technological benefits with subsequent generations.

The 12 GHz band – and any future spectrum band – should not just be given away. The privilege to deliver 5G is a right which companies can and should pay for. This is the bare minimum that taxpayers and citizens must demand.  While the FCC should analyze the prospect of flexible use of the band, it should reject the giveaway requested by DISH Network, which amounts to a sweetheart deal of corporate cronyism.

Many next-generation satellite providers use the band to provide critical high-speed broadband internet to tribes, k-12 students, the health care sector, emergency support, and humanitarian relief efforts. Satellite broadband is playing a pivotal role in Ukraine-Russian war, helping Ukraine defend itself and keep Ukrainians connected. More than 95,000 U.S. satellite broadband customers and some 40 organizations have asked FCC to ensure integrity of satellite broadband in the band.

The signers include:

Steve Pociask, President & CEO

Krisztine Pusok, PhD, Director of Policy and Research

American Consumer Institute

Grover Norquist, President

Americans for Tax Reform

Roslyn Layton, PhD, Founder

China Tech Threat

Ryan Nabil, Policy Fellow

Competitive Enterprise Institute

Gerard Scimeca, Chairman

Consumer Action for a Strong Economy (CASE)

Silvia Elaluf-Calderwood, PhD, Affiliated Scholar & Adjunct Professor

Jack D. Gordon Institute for Public Policy, College of Business Florida International University

Hance Haney, Founder

Innovation and Prosperity Policy Institute

Bronwyn Howell, PhD

Petrus Potgieter, PhD

Institute for Technology and Network Economics

Jonathan Hauenschild, Policy Counsel

Lincoln Network*

James Madison Institute

Seton Motley, President

Less Government

David Witkowski, CEO

Oku Solutions, LLC

*Affiliation listed for identification purposes only