What the Trump?! President calls for a ‘national’ 5G network
One of the 51 items on President Trump’s re-election platform is to “win the race to 5G and establish a national high-speed wireless Internet network.”
That goal is one of a handful of Trump’s “innovate for the future” agenda items. It sits next to going to Mars, cleaning international oceans and domestic air and drinking water, and building the world’s “greatest infrastructure system,” whatever that means.
I contacted President Trump’s re-election operation to find out exactly what the president intends to do when he says he wants to establish “a national high-speed wireless Internet network,” but I haven’t heard back yet. If history is any indication, I will not receive a reply.
So what’s going on here?
One Wall Street analyst firm suggested that Trump’s re-election plans involve building a “nationalized” 5G network – meaning, one owned and operated by the US government. “With the singular ‘a’ and the modifier ‘national,’ it is illogical to think the Trump plan is simply to take credit for the multiple private 5G networks currently being deployed,” wrote the Wall Street analysts at New Street Research in a note to investors this week.
If that “national 5G” proposal sounds familiar, it is: Early in Trump’s presidency, White House officials reportedly considered the construction of a national 5G network to help the US win the “race” against China to 5G.
And though Trump himself personally backed away from the idea of a “national” 5G network last year, some of his associates have continued to cheerlead for the proposal.
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