Rep. Zeldin’s Quantum Infrastructure Proposal Passes House
WASHINGTON - Last night, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3593 - the Department of Energy Science for the Future Act, which includes Congressman Lee Zeldin’s (R, NY-1) Quantum Network Infrastructure Act.
Creating an expansive quantum network would allow quantum computers to communicate faster, more reliably and more securely across longer distances. However, forming a large quantum network relies on the quantum network infrastructure needed to support it. Congressman Zeldin’s legislation establishes a national research and development program for the advancement of this quantum network infrastructure, accelerating the widespread implementation of quantum technology.
“Through enhanced computing power and security, quantum computing has the potential to improve our lives and the nation in areas ranging from healthcare to national security to the financial sector,” said Congressman Zeldin. “Thanks to investments in our nation’s best and brightest scientists and the advancement of this important bill, we are now closer than ever to a large-scale implementation of this technology. My legislation continues to invest in the implementation of this revolutionary technology, including right here at the Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island.”
Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, New York, and Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York, are leading in the field of quantum computing and have established an 80 mile quantum network testbed.
In addition to this legislation, Brookhaven National Lab was awarded $115 million in federal funding in 2020 for the establishment of a new quantum information science (QIS) research institute, which will focus on a range of key QIS research topics, including quantum networking, sensing, computing and materials manufacturing.