According to the experts, other nations are advancing beyond the United States in the mid-band spectrum and could lead global policy.
Experts assert that the United States is lagging behind other countries, including China, in how they deal with the global 5G race and other technological issues.
The invisible radio frequencies over which wireless signals propagate are referred to as the spectrum. It is because of these signals that we are able to do everything on our mobile devices, including making phone calls, using the internet, requesting directions to a destination, and other online activities.
“Efficient spectrum management is vital to American leadership in wireless innovation,” the AEI announced the event. “However, under the Biden administration, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has failed to enact a comprehensive spectrum strategy, with no spectrum auctions or spectrum bands in the FCC’s pipeline.”
The discussion brought to light the absence of a comprehensive spectrum strategy by the FCC, raising concerns about the nation’s ability to maintain its competitive edge in the global 5G race.
Mr. Carr took aim at the Biden administration, saying that changes being handed down to his agency could be damaging the nation’s progress in the world global market.
The FCC commissioner and fellow panelists Shane Tews, a senior fellow at AEI, and Ajit Pai, a partner at Searchlight Capital, conveyed a sense of urgency that the issue of the United States falling behind other nations need to be dealt with urgently by the Biden administration.
According to the experts, other nations are advancing beyond the United States in the mid-band spectrum, which is an essential component of 5G development, and there is also a need for a national spectrum strategy.
Innovation and Geopolitical Leadership
As the panelists detailed the importance of spectrum bands in facilitating fast and affordable data, they emphasized the role of airwaves in driving innovation and geopolitical leadership.
Also of concern was what strategy the United States would bring to the World Radiocommunication Conference, held by the International Telecommunications Union, a branch of the United Nations, where nations of the world converse on their upcoming telecommunication goals.
“And the reason that’s important is to the extent that a particular policy is ratified or agreed to by a large number or ideally all countries, then you essentially have a spectrum band that everybody agrees on.”
The Searchlight Capital expert went on to say that equipment manufacturers and innovators can “eliminate and innovate around that,” saying that taking a strong plan to that event is important to keep the United States from falling behind the rest of the world on innovation strategies.
The panel acknowledged China’s aggressive approach, outpacing the United States in spectrum availability for 5G and highlighting the strategic significance of having a well-defined spectrum policy. The absence of specific goals, bands, or time frames in the U.S. strategy was criticized, as it potentially relinquishes decision-making power to countries like China, which already have a clear vision for their spectrum policy.
Speaking to the lack of clear direction from the Biden administration, Mr. Carr said of President Joe Biden’s previously released “spectrum plan,” saying, “It’s difficult to tell the truth to the government but this is one where, you know, really, the emperor has no clothes. The spectrum plan had no spectrum.”
“At a point in time in which we were falling behind China … we need to start speaking with truth and with clarity and say that was a miss,” the commissioner said.
The Epoch Times has reached out to the Biden administration for comment.