Reps. Eshoo and Kinzinger Introduce Bill to Examine Cybersecurity of Wireless Networks

April 20, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Reps. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) reintroduced the Understanding Cybersecurity of Mobile Networks Act, bipartisan legislation that requires the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, an agency within the Commerce Department, to submit to Congress a comprehensive report examining the cybersecurity of existing wireless networks (2G, 3G, and 4G) and vulnerabilities to cyberattacks and surveillance by adversaries.

“I’m proud to introduce the Understanding Cybersecurity of Mobile Networks Act to give policymakers a better understanding of the state of the cybersecurity in our wireless networks, which is a matter of national security. While 5G is inherently more secure than older networks most of our calls, texts, and data traverse on 2G, 3G, and 4G networks. We lack a full picture of the vulnerabilities across those networks that Americans use every single day. This bipartisan bill takes important steps to ensure our wireless networks are safe to protect the privacy and security of the American people,” said Rep. Eshoo.

“The technological evolutions that the United States has achieved are remarkable, and we know how complicated it has been to keep our spectrum airwaves organized so that our phones and other devices can function. But as speeds and services continue to advance, concerns over network security rise significantly. The threats and risks to our carriers, to our constituents, and to our national security must be identified and mitigated,” said Congressman Kinzinger. “This is why my colleague Rep. Eshoo and I have introduced the Understanding Cybersecurity of Mobile Networks Act, to make sure we know the vulnerabilities of our mobile service networks and devices--and to help us prevent dangerous cyberattacks from adversaries.”

"I commend Representative Eshoo for leading this bipartisan initiative to ensure that Congress can get the information it needs to support safe, secure mobile services," said Andrew J. Grotto, Director of the Stanford Program on Geopolitics, Technology and Governance