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NTIA Kicks Off 6G Request for Comment

May 21, 2024
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NTIA, Office of Public Affairs

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) launched a request for comment on how U.S. government policies can support the development of next-generation 6G technology.

Secure and reliable communications services are vital to U.S. economic competitiveness and national security. The wireless industry is beginning to plan for the development of 6G, and the U.S. has already joined like-minded partners in establishing joint principles to shape the future of this technology.

NTIA’s new Request for Comment (RFC) seeks input to inform future U.S. government engagement in support of 6G development and deployment.

“6G will be a next step in the mobile revolution that has brought the Internet to billions of people around the word,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Alan Davidson. “While we are still realizing the full benefits of 5G, it is not too early to be planning for 6G. We look forward to learning more about this next-generation technology and how we can harness the innovations it will bring.”

The RFC asks questions about how to enable 6G success, research and development, and 6G safety, security and environmental concerns. Questions include:

  • How can the U.S. Government ensure that the benefits of 6G technology extend to all segments of society?  
  • When is 6G technology expected to begin lab and field trials and then become commercially available? What developments in 6G technology could accelerate replacement of obsolete technologies?  
  • How could 6G improve network resiliency during disaster and recovery operations, such as in hurricane response and other natural and man-made disasters that impact network performance?

The RFC is not focused on spectrum issues related to 6G. Comments are due 90 days from publication in the Federal Register. This feedback will be used to develop a report and inform U.S. policy for the 6G future.  


About the National Telecommunications and Information Administration    

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is the Executive Branch agency that advises the President on telecommunications and information policy issues. NTIA’s programs and policymaking focus largely on expanding broadband Internet access and adoption in America, expanding the use of spectrum by all users, advancing public safety communications, and ensuring that the Internet remains an engine for innovation and economic growth.