The House Energy and Commerce Committee has passed a bill authored by Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., that aims to secure mobile infrastructure, 5G networks and other wireless communications systems within Central Virginia and in the U.S.
The Secure 5G and Beyond Act will push the government to built a strategy that will protect consumers and help partners and allies in augmenting 5G security capabilities, the office of Abigail Spanberger said Wednesday.
The bill will also seek to drive companies' research and development efforts and protect consumer privacy and the integrity of international standards from foreign political influence.
"If we aren’t actively working to strengthen our resilience against these threats—especially as we see the growing adoption of these technologies in our rural communities and increasing reliance on these high-speed connections—we are putting American families, businesses, and consumer data at risk,” said Spanberger.
The bill awaits full approval from Congress.