What State & Local Government and Telecom Operators Need to Know About the Broadband Data Act (S.1822) & Secure 5G and Beyond Act of 2020 (S.893)
In preparation for the 5G rollout, lawmakers are taking steps to address any potential problems that might arise. Issues related to security are vital to act on, and two new laws are expected to greatly enhance security and availability of 5G:
Secure 5G and Beyond Act of 2020 (S.893)
The primary purpose of S.893 is to secure 5G networks now and in the future by protecting them against hacking, viruses, or other forms of misuse. To put this plan into motion, the federal government, the FCC, National Telecommunication and information Administration (NTIA), relevant cabinet secretaries, and the Director of National Intelligence will come together to develop a strategy by September 2020.
Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability Act AKA Broadband Data Act (S.1822)
This law requires the FCC to come up with rules surrounding data collection and ensure the accuracy of data coming from wired, fixed-wireless, satellite, and mobile broadband providers. This law will also solve the problem of faulty broadband maps, something that many service providers have complained about in the past.
State and local governments and broadband service providers will need to act quickly to meet deadlines imposed by these new bills. For a full breakdown of each law and how they will affect your business, read more here.