Washington (CNN)The US government is considering a federal takeover of portions of the country’s mobile broadband networks, according to documents obtained by Axios.
A National Security Council official presented senior members of the Trump administration and other agencies with information suggesting that the United States needs to centralize its 5G network by the end of President Donald Trump’s first term as a safeguard against Chinese cybersecurity and economic threats, according to the documents.
In a PowerPoint presentation and memo obtained by Axios, two options were suggested: have the American government pay for and build a network, or have wireless providers build their own 5G networks.
Government control of 5G infrastructure would be unprecedented. The memo Axios obtained compared the nationalization of 5G to “the 21st century equivalent of the Eisenhower National Highway System.”
I am not sure this would be beneficial for rural broadband. The planed millimeter-wave G5 is not the best technology for rural Sierra applications, too many trees, hills, and valleys. Having the government in control of a technology with some severe limitations does not bode well for rural broadband.
Update 01-28-18 A Plan To Nationalize 5G? –
Trump administration officials are weighing a plan to nationalize the country’s next-generation 5G wireless network in response to the threat of Chinese spying, Axios reports . According to the report, the proposal, from a senior official on the National Security Council, floats the idea of the U.S. government building one centralized 5G network, instead of leaving it to competing wireless providers. We’re thinking companies like AT&T and Verizon, which are making massive investments in 5G, would have some thoughts on this, as would FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who’s focused most of his tenure on getting government out of the way of industry. Reuters, citing a senior administration official, adds that “the option was being debated at a low level in the administration and was six to eight months away from being considered by the president himself.”
Source; Politico Morning Tech