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5G group beefs up lobby team

5G Action Now, the group headed up by former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), is growing its lobbying team to promote policies to make the U.S. the worldwide leader in 5G.

Scott Reed of Chesapeake Enterprises, who is also a senior strategist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Ryan Canfield of GuidePostStrategy and a former special assistant to President Trump, and Robert Wasinger of McGuirewoods Consulting LLC, are registering to lobby for the group.

The lobbying shop Miller Strategies also has Trump fundraiser Jeff Miller and Ashley Gunn, former special assistant to Trump, registered for it.

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The group supports the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) goal of a C-band spectrum auction in 2020 and efforts by lawmakers to ensure U.S. leadership on 5G over China. 

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved a bill in December that would direct the FCC to hold a C-band auction by the end of 2020. 

Rogers left Congress in 2015 and launched the group this month.

“The Chinese understand how important 5G is to America’s economy, national security, and global leadership,” Rogers in a statement.

“That’s why Beijing poured massive subsidies into Huawei, worked to undercut international competition, and waged a campaign of unprecedented economic espionage to dominate 5G,” he added. “It is crucial that we don’t allow China to outspend and outplay us on the 5G field.”

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