On September 20, POLITICO hosted an event on the state of 5G in the U.S. that discussed issues surrounding 5G installation, deployment, adoption, and innovations. Featured speakers at the event included Brendan Carr, FCC, Commissioner; Jordan Crenshaw, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Assistant Policy Counsel; Gerard Lederer, Best Best and Krieger, Partner; Sandra Rivera, Intel, Senior Vice President and General Manager; Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC, Commissioner; and Patrick Steel, POLITICO, CEO.

Here are a few highlights from the speaker panel:

If you look at 4G and all of the economic benefits we experienced by being a leader to the world, we dramatically increased economic output and created far more jobs by being at the forefront of innovation. We let the innovators innovate.

We have to create environments where we attract engineers, scientists, and capital investment required for infrastructure buildout. As demonstrated with 4G, when we have time-to-market advantage, we’re the country that attracts that excitement.

We can decide that we’re going to lead. We can decide that we’re going to create an environment conducive to investment and innovation. We can decide that we are attracting the best and the brightest.

— Sandra Rivera, Intel

The need for the FCC’s 5G decision next week is so important because it gives every community a fair shot at the investment needed for 5G. It builds on state-level bills, addressing fees, shot clocks, and aesthetic considerations.

We’ve had several dozen mayors and county officials who have written to the FCC in support of our decision. They’re asking us to take action because they recognize the economic upside of getting 5G deployed in their communities.

According to recent study, the FCC order would cut $2B in regulatory red tape, which will lead to $2.4B in deployment as a result of our decision — which will be more investment & deployment because it’s now economical to do so.

U.S. has been leading the world on pushing high-band spectrum out there. We’re in good shape with low-band spectrum. Right now, we’re focused on trying to get more mid-band spectrum out there.

— Brendan Carr, FCC

1) We need to get airwaves to market. 2) We need to focus on ground as much as the sky (the stuff on the ground makes it happen). We need to figure out how to harmonize rules and work with localities.

We have problems to solve in our communities and 5G can help (e.g, traffic, agriculture, etc).

— Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC

We need regulatory certainty; there should be a national net neutrality law passed through Congress.

— Jordan Crenshaw, U.S. Chamber of Commerce