Fifth-Generation (5G) Telecommunications Technologies: Issues for Congress [Updated January 30, 2019] [open pdf - 2MB]
"Telecommunication providers and technology companies around the world have been working together to research and develop new technology solutions to meet growing demands for mobile data from consumers and industrial users. Fifth-generation (5G) mobile technologies represent the next iteration of mobile communications technologies that were designed to improve current (e.g., 3G, 4G) [Third-generation, Fourth-generation] mobile networks. 5G networks are expected to provide faster speeds, greater capacity, and the potential to support new features and services. [...] This report provides a background on mobile technologies, and addresses the race to 5G, focusing on three leading countries--the United States, China, and South Korea. This report discusses factors affecting 5G deployment, and U.S. actions to support 5G deployment, such as actions related to small cells and national security. Finally, this report discusses near-term policy considerations for Congress related to the deployment of 5G networks, and future policy considerations, including the privacy and security of 5G networks and devices."
CRS Report for Congress, R45485
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/