Sen. Warner among bipartisan senators pushing for funding for secure 5G networks

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WASHINGTON (WFXR) — Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman U.S. Sen. Mark. R. Warner led a bipartisan effort in urging President Joe Biden to request at least $3 billion as part of his budget request to Congress for the adoption of 5G alternatives to Chinese-made equipment.

Specifically, the Senators urged Biden to request at least $1.5 billion each for two funds established by Congress to encourage the adoption of Open Radio Access Network (RAN) equipment, which would allow additional vendors to enter the 5G market and compete with manufacturers.

Today’s letter, which can be viewed below, was signed by bipartisan members of the Senate Intelligence Committee including:

  • Chairman Mark Warner (D-VA)
  • Vice-Chairman Marco Rubio (R-FL)
  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
  • Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC)
  • Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR)
  • Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)
  • Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM)
  • Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO)
  • Sen. Angus King (I-ME)
  • Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR)
  • Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO)
  • Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)
  • Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA)
  • Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE)
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)

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