“Trump national security officials are considering an unprecedented federal takeover of a portion of the nation’s mobile network to guard against China, according to sensitive documents obtained by Axios.”
- The main points: The documents say America needs a centralized nationwide 5G network within three years in order to create a secure pathway for emerging technologies like self-driving cars and virtual reality — and to combat Chinese threats to America’s economic and cyber security.
- Why it matters: One option proposed by the documents could lead to federal control of a part of the economy that today is largely controlled by private wireless providers.
- The best way to do this, the memo argues, is for the government to build a network itself and rent access to carriers like AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile.
- Industry reacts: AT&T told Axios’ Ina Fried that “the work to launch 5G service in the United States is already well down the road…”
So the party of privatizing EVERYTHING wants to socialize the phone networks? This is rich. Somewhere Zombie-eyed Granny Starver has locked himself into the bathroom with his audiobook of Atlas Shrugged to revive his will to live.