On July 23, China Tech Threat co-founder Roslyn Layton delivered testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation during its hearing titled, “The State of U.S. Spectrum Policy.” The hearing examined the Federal Communications Commission’s and National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s role in spectrum management and policymaking.” Dr. Layton explained how China controls its spectrum policy in a way that aligns military and industrial interests to reach their long term goals. In order to compete with China’s emerging dominance, US policy should focus on adopting a market-based approach that will put the US on the best technological footing to challenge China both economically and militarily.
Dr. Layton stressed that the large majority of mid-band spectrum are controlled by the US government, leading to a spectrum imbalance where millions of rural Americans are unable to connect to basic services. Particularly during the current health crisis where Americans rely on internet service to go to school and do their job, it is more important than ever for policymakers to equalize the digital divide between urban and rural America through 5G technology.
Dr. Layton went on to explain that through the FCC’s efforts to improve access of the commercial spectrum, our wireless economy has delivered trillions of dollars to US GDP, and further improvements can further boost our economy by prioritizing access and availability. She also remarked that Congress has had success with bipartisan Executive Branch agency reform, particularly with the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act of 2018 (FIRRMA) for the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US. (CFIUS). CFIUS has already had success in halting the foreign acquisitions of MoneyGram, PatientsLikeMe, and Grindr, because of concerns that Americans’ personal data would fall into the hands of the Chinese government.
China Tech Threat previously reported on CFIUS’ increased activity against foreign acquisitions in our white paper, “CFIUS’ Growing Power to Protect American Security from China Tech Threats: Examining TikTok and Lenovo.”