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“We have an opportunity at this stage to ensure that these new technologies and networks are secure by design,” the document said. “Therefore, while the commission is moving quickly to make the spectrum needed for 5G available in the near term, it is also seeking to accelerate the dialogue around the critical importance of the early incorporation of cybersecurity protections in 5G networks, services and devices.”
In July, the FCC adopted new rules for wireless broadband operations in frequencies above 24 GHz, making the United States the first country in the world to make this spectrum available for 5G wireless services.
The commission said the inquiry is intended to complement the important work on cybersecurity that is already taking place within the government and private sector. “This NOI, and the record it seeks to develop, will help in that effort,” the NOI said.
The inquiry, focusing on cybersecurity for 5G, raises fundamental questions relative to scope and responsibilities. Security of network infrastructure, such as protecting software and hardware that are essential to signaling and control of radio access networks (RAN) and to ensure the proper operation of the network, creates one perspective. Another perspective, however, is the end-to-end security of both the network and the devices that connect to commercial network services.
The full NOI is here.
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