Biden Should Not Sell Off EMS Bandwidth to Private Sector, Says SPACECOM Chief

In this photo released by the US Air Force, Capt. Ryan Vickers stands for a photo to display his new service tapes after taking his oath of office to transfer from the US Air Force to the US Space Force at Al-Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020.InternationalIndiaAfricaWASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Space Command (SPACECOM) chief Gen. James Dickinson said in a congressional testimony on Thursday that he opposes plans being considered by the Biden administration to sell off part of the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS) frequency bands, previously reserved for federal agencies, for use by private industry.”EMS superiority is critically important for all combatant commands. The spectrum is foundational to what [the] Space Force does,” Dickinson told the US Senate Armed Services Committee.When asked by senators if there would be some risk to disposing some of the bandwidth to be operated by the private sector, Dickinson replied “Yes.”The Congressional Research Service has said in a 2021 report that demand by private industry for increased access to the EMS spectrum has been growing rapidly in recent years. However, as more and more private companies flood into 5G use, the risk grows that they could disrupt military communications and operations, the report added.Consequently, the US Defense Department and a number of its commercial partners are jointly exploring spectrum sharing policies and technologies, according to published reports.


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