THE U-S SENATE PASSED A BILL AIMED AT BOOSTING AMERICAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY TO HELP THE COUNTRY COMPETE WITH CHINA. IT'S THE U-S INNOVATION AND COMPETITION ACT.
THE BILL INCLUDES A MEASURE FROM SENATOR JOHN HICKENLOOPER THAT WOULD FUND A 20-MILLION DOLLAR TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH PROGRAM IN BOULDER.
WE'RE LOOKING AT THE BILL AND THE RACE TO COMPETE WITH CHINA.... WITH SENATOR HICKENLOOPER ON OUR LIVE LINE.
-- The bill would pump more than $200 billion into U.S scientific and technological innovation over the next five years.
-- The U.S. Innovation and Competition Act passed with bipartisan support thanks to the promise of bolstering America's competitive edge by investing billions of dollars in scientific and technological innovations – including artificial intelligence, computer chips and robotics.
-- The bill is now headed to the House.
--Hickenlooper is the chair of the Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Space and Science.
-- Hickenlooper's portion of the bill provides funding fora $20 million research program at the Institute of Telecommunication Sciences in Boulder. It focuses on "Open Radio Access Network" which is connected to 5G tech.
-- "Chinese competition in the telecommunications equipment market threatens our leadership in the race for 5G. We must boost the domestic, American-made market for resilient, safe and secure equipment to ensure U.S. workers remain competitive globally."