More on Broadband

March 23, 2020 Press Release

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK—As more Americans begin working and learning from home to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), more people than ever before are using the internet as their primary mode of communication with jobs and schools.

March 6, 2020 In The News

Rep. Tom O'Halleran is part of a growing bipartisan coalition of lawmakers who are sounding the alarm over Chinese fifth generation, or 5G, technology equipment.

Those officials see the Chinese company Huawei as a national security threat. Huawei is the world's largest seller of telecommunications equipment.

O'Halleran, D-Ariz., and others are concerned that the U.S. lacks a comprehensive and well-organized 5G strategy, particularly when the U.S. is engaged in strategic competition with China.

February 20, 2020 In The News

MARICOPA — U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D-Sedona, made a pit stop in Maricopa on his road trip across Congressional District 1 on Wednesday to participate in a round-table talk about infrastructure.

With many city, tribal, school and business representatives from around the community in attendance, O’Halleran spoke openly about the failings of infrastructure at the hands of the House and Senate in the last few years.

January 14, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Following the recent announcement of $3 million in new available broadband grants for rural and tribal communities across Arizona, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) issued the following statement:

January 10, 2020 In The News

The U.S. House of Representatives advanced three bills this week that seek to improve 5G security in the country.

January 9, 2020 In The News

The House on Wednesday passed a slew of bills aimed at giving the U.S. a leg up over China in the race to implement the super-fast next-generation wireless networks known as 5G. 

The trio of bipartisan bills, which passed the House near-unanimously, would funnel U.S. government resources into steering international wireless policy while securing the burgeoning networks against cyberattacks and foreign influence.  

November 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON—Last night, the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to pass the Secure 5G and Beyond Act, legislation introduced by Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) to protect next-generation telecommunications systems and mobile infrastructure in the United States to the full House of Representatives for a vote.

November 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON—At the end of October, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, led a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai requesting that the FCC not permit a privately run sale for an upcoming C-band spectrum auction to ensure that all aspects of reallocation and transfer of valuable spectrum remain in the public interest, and that the process benefits the rural communities that have the most to gain with the expansion of this technology.

November 1, 2019 In The News

The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee advanced legislation that would protect 5G telecommunications systems and mobile infrastructure in the United States.

The bill — the Secure 5G and Beyond Act — would require the administration to develop an unclassified, national strategy to maximize the security of 5G telecommunications systems. It comes following the announcement by the
Federal Communications Commission that it would place greater restrictions on Chinese telecommunications companies like Huawei and ZTE due to widespread security concerns.