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Decommissioning 3G Networks: Impact on Consumer Devices [January 28, 2022]   [open pdf - 516KB]

From the Background: "For network operators, decommissioning allows them to focus resources on 5G [fifth generation technology] networks, which many in Congress see as critical to maintaining U.S. leadership and competitiveness in the global telecommunication market. Meanwhile, consumers who have older (3G) [third generation technology] devices have voiced concern to Members that once providers turn off 3G networks, they will no longer be able to use their cell phones to access critical services, including 9-1-1. While providers have informed consumers of the 3G decommissioning and offered upgrades to newer-generation phones, there are often added costs to consumers. Additionally, other devices, such as home alarm systems, personal medical alert systems, court-ordered ankle monitors, and vehicle safety technologies rely on 3G networks and may be affected by the 3G shutdown."

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CRS In Focus, IF12029
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2022-01-28
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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