Senator Urges FCC to Push Carriers to Secure 5G Networks
Thursday, November 07, 2019 | Comments

Sen. Ron Wyden urged the FCC to secure next-generation, 5G telephone networks against hackers, scam artists and foreign spies.

In a letter addressed to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, Wyden demanded the commission require all wireless carriers to implement improved cybersecurity measures – including upgrading encryption and authentication features – on 5G telephone networks. Wyden also pushed the FCC to mandate carriers provide consumers with adequate information to evaluate carriers’ cybersecurity efforts to make informed decisions.

“For decades, wireless carriers have ignored known cybersecurity vulnerabilities that foreign governments were and are still actively exploiting to target Americans,” Wyden said. “The market has failed to incentivize cybersecurity, in part because consumers have no way of comparing the cybersecurity practices of phone companies.

“The FCC has the authority to regulate wireless carriers and their use of the public airwaves, particularly in areas that involve public safety and national security, Wyden said. “The FCC must stop leaving the cybersecurity of American consumers, businesses and government agencies to wireless carriers, and finally secure America’s next-generation 5G networks against interception and hacking by criminals and foreign spies.”

Wyden requested a response from the FCC by Dec. 6. The full letter is here.

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