Thomson resolution urges feds and wireless carriers to develop 5G network
to bolster security, guard against cybersecurity threats
TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Edward Thomson is calling for collaboration between federal lawmakers and wireless carriers to guard against cybersecurity threats and strengthen our economy by working to develop the next-generation 5G wireless network.
Thomson, who serves on the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee, introduced a resolution Monday urging the federal government and wireless carriers to develop the network that will deliver faster internet speeds and will help protect U.S. networks from international threats.
“Our economy is increasingly reliant on a fast, reliable internet and the 5G network will help ensure we remain an economic leader now and into the future,” said Thomson (R-Monmouth). “I am hopeful the President and Congress will work with the leading wireless companies to ensure 5G technology can be utilized by consumers and businesses to drive our economy forward.”
Thomson also noted the security benefits of the new technology, citing recent reports that the U.S. is increasingly at risk for cyberattacks.
According to reports, hackers attacked South Korea computers during the opening ceremonies of the Olympics and state computers in Connecticut were targeted last week by a ransomware virus. It has been estimated that in 2016, cyberattacks cost the U.S. economy upward of $109 billion.
“Recent attacks on businesses and public agencies, have illustrated how vulnerable we are to cyberattacks from both criminal elements and foreign governments,” said Thomson. “Implementing the 5G network will help protect our economic well-being and will serve as a vital tool to augment our national security.”
Several wireless carriers will launch 5G service in a handful of cities this year, while others will not make it available until next year.
“I am pleased that some carriers are launching 5G and I am urging our federal government to take steps to make this important technology available throughout the county as soon as possible,” concluded Thomson.