An anticipated lack of workers needed for the installation of new 5G technology is the focus of a new bill just introduced in Congress.
The TOWER Infrastructure Deployment Act, as proposed by New York Representative Yvette Clarke and Michigan Representative Tim Walberg, would, if passed, set up an advisory council specifically designed to respond to the demand for a trained 5G and next-generation broadband workforce.
That commission would operate under the guidance of the Federal Communications Commission.
As proposed, the council would formulate recommendations on how to better develop a national high-tech telecommunications workforce, with a focus on training and hiring more people living in what are described as under served communities.
By tailoring workforce development programs, said Walberg in a statement, “We can free up resources for greater broadband deployment instead of recreating the same curriculum across the country.”
The legislation, otherwise known as HR 3255, has won the support of the Wireless Infrastructure Association.
Jonathan Adelstein, chief executive officer of that group, said the proposal could lead to the establishment of more telecommunications industry apprenticeships with the goal of developing a “skilled, professional workforce capable of deploying next-generation wireless networks.”
The measure has now been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce for review.
By Garry Boulard
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