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Chairwoman Johnson and Ranking Member Lucas Request Federal Studies of Frequency Spectrum Proposed for 5G Communications

Jun 19, 2019
Letter

Today, Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK) sent a letter to Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine requesting all studies and analyses conducted by NOAA and NASA regarding the impacts of the FCC’s proposed 5G transmissions in the 24 GHz band and the adjacent 23.8 GHz band; a timeline of events; and all documents and communications pertinent to the analyses and recommendations on 5G operations at these bands.

“We remain deeply concerned about the potential for degradation of our Nation’s weather forecasts by interference from spectrum recently auctioned off by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC),” said Chairwoman Johnson and Ranking Member Lucas in the letter. “We noted in our March 13 letter that we are both strong advocates for the adoption of 5G wireless communications, but that advance shouldn’t come at the expense of our ability to protect the lives and property of our citizens from severe weather.”

A copy of the full letter can be found here.

116th Congress