The order doesn’t call for any funding or any congressional action but it does ask for the Commerce Department to come up with a series of reports and recommendations that will make more efficient use of existing spectrum. Specifically, the memorandum asks federal agencies to review their existing spectrum usage, forecast future demands, and prepare a plan for research and development.
In a post about the presidential memorandum, Michael Kratsios, deputy U.S. chief technology officer, said that the U.S. must have a more forward-looking strategic spectrum policy if it wants to benefit from 5G. He also said that by having a national strategy it will ensure U.S. leadership in 5G, help fuel job growth, and provide national security.
“With 5G, we can better defend America with more resilient critical infrastructure, technologies like state-of-the-art radar systems, and cutting-edge communications on land and in space,” Kratsios said.
The Trump administration has long feared that China might achieve a dominant position in technology and innovation, which would make U.S. national security more vulnerable. Earlier this year an internal White House memo was leaked to Axios that said the Trump administration was considering building a national 5G network and that current U.S. operators like AT&T and Verizon would then pay for access to the network.