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National Strategy to Secure 5G Promotes U.S. Leadership in International Standards Development and Adoption


The Trump administration this month released the National Strategy to Secure 5G, which sets forth how the U.S. government will lead the U.S. development, deployment, and management of secure and reliable 5G communications infrastructure worldwide. To support responsible global development and deployment of 5G, the strategy supports promoting United States leadership in international standards development and adoption.

About the Secure 5G and Beyond Act

The Secure 5G and Beyond Act, signed into law on March 23, 2020, requires the President, in consultation with relevant federal agencies, to develop (1) a strategy to secure and protect U.S. fifth and future generations (5G) systems and infrastructure, and (2) an implementation plan for the strategy.

Such strategy shall (1) ensure the security of 5G wireless communications systems and infrastructure within the United States; (2) assist mutual defense treaty allies, strategic partners, and other countries in maximizing the security of 5G systems and infrastructure; and (3) protect the competitiveness of U.S. companies, the privacy of U.S. consumers, and the impartiality of standards-setting bodies.

Several ANSI organizational and company members are active in the 5G standards space.

The National Strategy to Secure 5G of the United States of America, released the same day that President Trump signed the Secure 5G and Beyond Act into law, aims to fulfill the goals of the National Cyber Strategy with four lines of effort, including:

(1) Facilitating the rollout of 5G domestically;

(2) Assessing the cybersecurity risks to and identifying core security principles of 5G capabilities and infrastructure;

(3) Addressing risks to United States economic and national security during development and deployment of 5G infrastructure worldwide; and

(4) Promoting responsible global development and deployment of secure and reliable 5G infrastructure.

In support of the fourth line of effort, the strategy asserts that "the United States Government will work to preserve and enhance United States leadership on 5G in relevant organizations that set standards in concert with the private sector, including but not limited to commercial, academic, and like-minded international partners."

Efforts will include federal interagency coordination, participation, and influence in standards-setting organizations. Furthermore, as the document explains, "The United States will emphasize the need for open and transparent processes to develop timely, technically robust, and appropriate standards. The United States will promote and support increased participation by the private sector and ensure that such participation is informed by appropriate public-private coordination."

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