Cellphone Carriers Lobby Against Pentagon Plan for National 5G Network

Two federal agencies are moving forward with conflicting plans to commercialize a valuable chunk of wireless spectrum controlled by the Defense Department, leaving the future of an asset worth tens of billions of dollars in doubt.

The Pentagon is drafting a request for proposals for a new fifth-generation military cellular network that would lease its extra capacity to private-sector users like cellphone carriers, auto makers and factories, according to people familiar with the plan. This RFP includes more specific requirements than a separate request for information released last month and could go public before the Nov. 3 election, the people said.

At the same time, the Federal Communications Commission, the independent agency in charge of licensing airwaves to the private sector, is pursuing a plan to auction some of the same Pentagon-controlled band late next year.

The military currently uses the spectrum for radar and aviation, but the same frequencies

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Japan’s car lobby says domestic auto sales recovering, warns on consumer spending

FILE PHOTO: Visitors look at cars at a car maker’s showroom in Tokyo May 1, 2014. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s influential car lobby said on Thursday domestic vehicle sales sharply recovered in September after the government lifted a lockdown in May, but warned the coronavirus pandemic would continue to weigh on consumer spending.

The world’s third largest economy suffered its worst postwar contraction in the second quarter, and while it has shown some signs of life recently, consumer and businesses remain cautious.

Seiichi Nagatsuka, vice chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA), told a regular press briefing that domestic vehicle sales this month had recovered to almost the same level as September last year.

“I hear that sales have recovered to close to 90%, but a rebound in consumer spending is slowing and so the severe situation is unchanged,” said Nagatsuka.

The group, which is headed by

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Japan’s Car Lobby Says Domestic Auto Sales Recovering, Warns on Consumer Spending | Investing News

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s influential car lobby said on Thursday domestic vehicle sales sharply recovered in September after the government lifted a lockdown in May, but warned the coronavirus pandemic would continue to weigh on consumer spending.

The world’s third largest economy suffered its worst postwar contraction in the second quarter, and while it has shown some signs of life recently, consumer and businesses remain cautious.

Seiichi Nagatsuka, vice chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA), told a regular press briefing that domestic vehicle sales this month had recovered to almost the same level as September last year.

“I hear that sales have recovered to close to 90%, but a rebound in consumer spending is slowing and so the severe situation is unchanged,” said Nagatsuka.

The group, which is headed by Toyota Motor Corp President Akio Toyoda, represents all of Japan’s big automakers, including Toyota <7203.T> , Nissan Motor

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