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The Trump Administration Is Considering Building a 5G Network to Counter Cyberspying

The Trump Administration Is Considering Building a 5G Network to Counter Cyberspying

In the presentation, two options were suggested: have the American government pay for and build a network, or have wireless providers build their own 5G networks.

Conservative advocacy group FreedomWorks also came out against the idea, arguing that the move would put the U.S. on the same level as China in controlling online access. The document, first reported by Axios last night, called for the USA government to effectively nationalize a portion of the telecom sector - a radical departure from current policy - in a bid to combat Chinese influence. The reason for such an effort, according to the memo, is to combat potential high-tech spying on phone calls from China and other hostile nations.

A White House official, however, said the memo reported by Axios is "dated" and "not representative of the administration's thinking". The memo was first reported by news website Axios.

You can find the National Security Council's proposal to nationalize the 5G wireless infrastructure deck here. The presentation talked about China's dominance of Artificial Intelligence and 5G network nationalization could allow the USA to take the next step in a technological show of strength. A third option would be getting wireless carriers to build out the network in a consortium - which, Axios notes dryly, "would require them to put aside their business models to serve the country's greater good". Industry officials have been invited to the White House Monday for a round-table discussion of infrastructure efforts that could touch on 5G deployment. Huawei's deal with AT&T to sell its phones through the carrier had fallen through earlier this month. Another source said that a new draft was in the works for the memo and that the newer version is more neutral about whether the USA government should build and own this 5G network.

There isn't any confirmation about whether 5G network nationalization would further the net neutrality agenda or whether or not the government would have more access and control to what users are doing over it. Developments are expected in this regard in the coming days. There's also the fact that some, if not all, of those carriers would likely oppose such a move.

AT&T and Verizon, two of the country's largest telecommunications companies, have both announced plans to roll out 5G coverage in the U.S. this year. He goes on to proclaim that "The market, not the government, is best positioned to drive innovation and investment".

In fact, one major United States government official has already revealed his opposition to this proposal.

Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai, whose agency regulates the telecom sector, also voiced strong opposition.

It comes following a year in which security software firm Kaspersky has been accused of allowing itself to be compromised by Russia's security services, culminating in a presidential order to remove all Kaspersky products from federal government computers and networks. On a 5G network, those speeds will reach close to 1 gigabit-per-second.

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