Monday, January 29, 2018

Trump admin considers nationalizing 5G wireless

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 President Donald Trump's 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.

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Government control of 5G infrastructure would be unprecedented and highly controversial, as the industry has traditionally been privately controlled. AT&T and Verizon, two of the country's largest telecommunications companies, have both announced plans to roll out 5G coverage in the US this year. AT&T told Axios that work to launch 5G service in the United States "is already well down the road."

Comments

This is a power grab, and element to a coup. Trump is looking down the line to prison and even disgrace he can't ignore, and is trying to protect himself.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-29 09:41 AM

Sorry Zed but you are getting paranoid.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-29 10:31 AM

Sorry Zed but you are getting paranoid.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-29 10:31

No need to apologize, but in my defense:

Trump's worries about cybersecurity will seem more meaningful when he includes his friends the Russians in his fears, and when he enforces sanctions against the former Soviet Union.

If memory serves, today or tomorrow is the deadline.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-29 11:31 AM

I.... Like this idea.

Of course, the GOP will never let it happen; they'll stamp out this little bout of early 90's trump real fast.

#4 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-29 11:57 AM

Is trump worried that the Chinese or Bezos will block his twitter account?

#5 | Posted by bored at 2018-01-29 12:33 PM

Who knew Trump was a closet Socialist?

#6 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-29 01:24 PM

This is the type of policy I feared Trump would pursue. Fortunately, he can't do this unilaterally.

#7 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-01-29 01:34 PM

#4 | Posted by IndianaJones

It is totally a power grab. I like the idea that we should only buy US equipment for it but then again all the chips will still be made overseas most likely. I hate the idea of "nationalizing" it though. Either way it will be full of 3 letter agency software. What I find interesting is that even Ajit Pai is against it.

#8 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-01-29 03:57 PM

#6 | Posted by donnerboy

Socialist? No. Totalitarian? Yes.

#9 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-01-29 03:58 PM

I hate the idea of "nationalizing" it though.

#8 | POSTED BY GALAXIEPETE AT 2018-01-29 03:57 PM | REPLY

It's not unreasonable to say it's already nationalized, as the government owns the frequency spectrum and leases it back to private corporations to work with.

#10 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-01-29 04:38 PM

LOL.

I guess oil is nationalised too, if that's what nationalised means.

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-29 04:40 PM

No, people own private land and exercise their mineral rights accordingly.

The federal government has claimed ownership of radio frequencies for a very long time. They completely restricted chunks that restricted cell phone development close to 40 years in the name of national security.

#12 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-01-29 05:11 PM

"people own private land and exercise their mineral rights accordingly."

Not in the Gulf of Mexico they don't.

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-29 05:24 PM

"Oil companies are drilling on public land for the price of a cup of coffee."
www.washingtonpost.com

That is nationalized, right Sitz?

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-29 05:25 PM

The radio spectrum is a nationalized resource. Fuck off with your useless tangent.

#15 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-01-29 05:42 PM

As it exists, the entire communications grid can be nationalized in nanoseconds.

#16 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-01-30 07:31 PM

Perhaps Trump will donate the money to assist abused women?

ok, sorry i couldnt resist the absurdity

#17 | Posted by truthhurts at 2018-01-30 07:36 PM

oops wrong thread

#18 | Posted by truthhurts at 2018-01-30 07:36 PM

and Clive Bundy is a commie.

#19 | Posted by ichiro at 2018-01-31 04:16 AM

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