January 10, 2020 - Issue: Vol. 166, No. 6 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 2nd Session
5G DEPLOYMENT AND CONSULTATION WITH LOCAL STAKE HOLDERS; Congressional Record Vol. 166, No. 6
(Extensions of Remarks - January 10, 2020)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E26] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] 5G DEPLOYMENT AND CONSULTATION WITH LOCAL STAKE HOLDERS ______ HON. GARRET GRAVES of louisiana in the house of representatives Friday, January 10, 2020 Mr. GRAVES of Louisiana. Madam Speaker, this week the House considers important pieces of legislation related to the global race to 5G. 5G is the newest iteration of wireless technology, and as telecommunications companies and service providers begin deploying their digital cellular networks, I want to take a moment to discuss an important aspect of the 5G rollout: consultation with local governments and homeowners. Last year, the 5G rollout began in my district in parts of Baton Rouge. The utility poles needed to support the new small wireless facilities and other 5G infrastructure are being installed in public rights of way in front of homes. While it is absolutely an economic and national security priority to win the race to 5G, it is vital that Congress consider the impact that this rollout will have on communities across America. In June, I sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai outlining my concerns and urging service providers to work closely with local stake holders as they install this new technology infrastructure. Madam Speaker, I include in the Record the following letter to the FCC from June 13, 2019. Congress of the United States, House of Representatives, Washington, DC, June 13, 2019. Hon. Ajit Pai, Chairman, Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC. Dear Chairman Pai: Recently, telecommunications service providers have begun installing the new wireless broadband infrastructure that is necessary to support 5G in cities across America, including Baton Rouge. While I share your appreciation for the tremendous role that technology plays, both in the economy and in the lives of its users, I am concerned by the roll out of these small-cell facilities in homes and neighborhoods across my district. A technological transformation of 5G's magnitude requires a massive support structure, but that deployment cannot come at the expense of property values and neighborhood aesthetics, especially in historic communities. America's 5G leadership is an important national priority, but even a national priority demands consultation with local stakeholders. I respectfully ask you to encourage wireless carriers to collaborate with municipalities on the placement and design of these new transmission systems. Additionally, recent reports by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) suggest that the 5G network could interfere with satellite data, reducing the accuracy of weather forecasting by as much as 30 percent. I urge you to work closely with the NOAA, NASA, and any other stakeholders to investigate any potential effects of 5G on our nation's ability to forecast and prepare for severe weather events. As the FCC continues to oversee the deployment of the 5G network, we must remember that the rollout is not happening in isolation. It is crucial to consider the effects that these innovations will have on existing technologies and communities across America. Thank you for your prompt attention to these important issues. Sincerely, Garret Graves, Member of Congress.