News Roundup: Could the US have a nationalized 5G network?

A roundup of the week’s technology news including Matt Hancock, branded flamethrowers, and Amazon’s QR codes.

A roundup of the week’s technology news including Matt Hancock, branded flamethrowers, and Amazon’s QR codes.

 

National 5G

Could the super business-friendly US eschew big business and build its own nationalized 5G network?

An internal government memo from the National Security Council published by Axios warns that because China has a dominant position in the manufacture and operation of network infrastructure, US telecoms infrastructure can’t be safe. Therefore, this memo suggests that the US should build for and pay its own 5G infrastructure, rather than let private companies roll out the technology.

White House officials have said there are currently no plans to build its own 5G wireless network.

FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, wasn’t keen on the idea: “I oppose any proposal for the federal government to build and operate a nationwide 5G network.  The market, not government, is best positioned to drive innovation and investment. Any federal effort to construct a nationalized 5G network would be a costly and counterproductive distraction from the policies we need to help the United States win the 5G future.”

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