Trump Officials Are Dreaming of Nationalized 5G

Axios reports on a discussions happening among National Security Council officials
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2018 7:45 AM CST
In this Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, file photo, a man stands in the 5G tunnel at the Intel booth at CES International in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

(Newser) – It's nowhere near a sure thing, but the idea is percolating: Fearful of a spying China, members of the Trump administration's national security team say a mobile 5G network needs to be in the cards, and that maybe the government should be the one to build it. The news was first reported by Axios, which obtained a PowerPoint deck and memo that were drafted by a senior National Security Council official and shared within the administration. It outlines two paths to 5G: In one scenario, wireless providers build their own 5G networks; in the other, the feds build (and foot the bill for) one 5G network, which Axios says would "be an unprecedented nationalization of a historically private infrastructure" but "needed in order to create a secure pathway for emerging technologies like self-driving cars and virtual reality."

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