January 11, 2020

Washington, DC— Rep. John Curtis (R-UT), spoke on the House Floor to advocate for H.R. 2881, or the Secure 5G and Beyond Act. The bipartisan legislation would develop a strategy to ensure the security of next-generation mobile telecommunications systems and infrastructure in the United States, and assist allies and strategic partners to do likewise. The legislation passed through the House unanimously this evening.

The rapid development of 5G cellular technologies is another example of the resolve and innovative spirit unique to the United States economy. 5G will pave the way for first-of-their-kind products and services, and will more reliably give consumers quick and easy access to information necessary to live and work in the digital age. But the potential threats these advancements pose to our national security, to that of our allies, and to consumer privacy cannot be overstated, which is why I am urging my colleagues to support this legislation.”

Full text of the speech, as prepared for delivery, is below:

“Madam Speaker, I rise today in support of H.R. 2881, which is critical to protecting the security of our nation and for the advancement of 5G.

H.R.2881, or the Secure 5G and Beyond Act, tasks the federal government with developing strategies to protect against some of the vulnerabilities associated with cutting edge five-generation – or 5G – wireless communications systems.

The rapid development of 5G cellular technologies is another example of the resolve and innovative spirit unique to the United States economy.

5G will pave the way for first-of-their-kind products and services, and will more reliably give consumers quick and easy access to information necessary to live and work in the digital age.

But the potential threats these advancements pose to our national security, to that of our allies, and to consumer privacy cannot be overstated, which is why I am urging my colleagues to support this legislation.

I’m proud to vote for this important legislation.

Thank you, and I yield back.”

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