Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Releases Cost Estimate For “H.R. 2881, Secure 5G and Beyond Act of 2019”

From the CBO:

H.R. 2881 would require the Administration to develop and submit to the Congress a strategy to:

  • Ensure the security of new systems and infrastructure for mobile telecommunications in the United States and other countries;
  • Protect the competitiveness of U.S. businesses and the privacy of consumers that use those systems; and
  • Ensure that organizations that set standards for those systems and infrastructure are impartial.

The bill would require the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to coordinate implementation of that strategy and to report to the Congress on the actions it takes to do so.

Using information from several federal agencies about similar ongoing efforts, CBO expects that most of the bill’s requirements would be met under current policies and programs. CBO estimates that implementing the bill would cost less than $500,000 over the 2020-2024 period; such spending would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds.

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