The Federal Government Shouldn’t Build a 5G Network

The Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal on Government control of communications networks:

National security officials reportedly are considering federal funding and construction of a faster, higher capacity nationwide wireless network to counter a similar effort by the Chinese government. But expanding government interference in telecommunications would not advance national security or technological innovation.

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Those in the administration considering such a policy ought to abide the lessons of history.

That is, government intervention in telecommunications has been a major factor for America trailing Asian and European nations in deployment of the most advanced wireless and broadband technologies. Political and regulatory processes always trail the pace of technological change.

A government network, protected from competition, would also be immune from the financial pressures that drive private firms to innovate and maximize efficiency.

Moreover, a government-designed system directs resources into favored technologies, which impedes both competition and innovation.

The federal government shouldn’t be set loose to seize private property to site a new network under the guise of national security. The loss of property rights could, arguably, pose a greater long-term threat to liberty than China’s 5G network.

News of the National Security Council proposal met with swift opposition from Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, who (wisely) stated:

I oppose any proposal for the federal government to build and operate a nationwide 5G network. The main lesson to draw from the wireless sector’s development over the past three decades—including American leadership in 4G—is that the market, not government, is best positioned to drive innovation and investment.

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Read the rest of the article HERE.  Of interest is China’s role in providing equipment to networks the government is trying to secure.  Buying critical network components from China is a huge opportunity for Chinees Intelligence to bake in a digital trojan horse in this hardware.

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