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Trump Officials Consider Ridiculous Proposal for Nationalized Data Network

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

According to an exclusive report from Axios, which obtained a presentation circulating inside the Trump White House, officials are bouncing around a proposal to build a nationalized 5G data network that would be owned by the government and licensed to mobile carriers.

Large mobile carriers such as Verizon and AT&T typically build their own networks while smaller carriers rent access from them, but Trump regime officials believe the government should build the next generation network.

There are a number of obvious reasons why this will never happen, such as the fact that we have no money to build things because the GOP just signed away the next decade in their tax cuts (and Congress would never support it anyway), but I want to talk about the regime's state motived for building a network.

The PowerPoint presentation says that the U.S. has to build superfast 5G wireless technology quickly because “China has achieved a dominant position in the manufacture and operation of network infrastructure,” and “China is the dominant malicious actor in the Information Domain.” To illustrate the current state of U.S. wireless networks, the PowerPoint uses a picture of a medieval walled city, compared to a future represented by a photo of lower Manhattan.

Virtually everything Trump has done since taking office has driven the rest of the world toward China.

Immediately after he took office, Trump backed down from his tough rhetoric on Taiwan which the Chinese rewarded him for by granting the Trump Organization dozens of trademarks for his products. Trump also unilaterally withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), giving dozens of pacific and oceanic countries no reason not to sign a deal with China. Trump has also withdrawn from the Paris climate accord, ceding ground to China in the race for dominance in the clean energy economy. And Trump's bellicose rhetoric about North Korea has made China look like a stable, mediating force. Trump's constant cries of "fake news" and other attacks on the press have also served to legitimize censorship in China.

The GOP tax cuts signed into law by Trump also mean there's no possible way we'll be able to invest in infrastructure or major engineering projects in the manner that China is.

Trump is the best gift China ever could have hoped for.

I'd be remiss not to marvel at Trump officials using images of a wall and Manhattan for illustrative purposes. Trump has called for literally walling off the United States and Republicans tell me people who live in Manhattan aren't "real" Americans.

  • muselet

    A fast, national wireless network sounds great, and I’m sure people living in underserved rural areas would agree (look at the carriers’ coverage maps and tell me the good folks of West Fencepost, Wyoming, wouldn’t benefit greatly from a wireless build-out and upgrade).

    I think a better bet would be a superfast, national fiber-optic network. It would probably cost less to build and maintain than a wireless network, and would be more generally useful (yes, I’ve encountered the arguments about the Internet of Things needing infinite bandwidth in the future, but I don’t see why data can’t go from fridge to home network, rather than fridge to wireless data stream). As a bonus, maybe we’d get speeds up and prices down to those found in, say, Europe.

    How China deals with information infrastructure issues should be of no more than academic interest to US policy makers. Different countries, different approaches. Absolutely, we need faster (and cheaper) internet access, but I’m unconvinced wireless is the way forward.

    Besides, this is Donald Trump we’re talking about. That 5G network would likely be less than half-built before the federal government declared bankruptcy and stiffed all the contractors.


  • Wildson

    Let me get this straight, we can’t have net neutrality, high speed rail, ACA, etc. that Republicans blame on Democrats as “Big Government,” but we can have a national 5G network???

    The Onion is about to go out of business due to reality…

  • Aynwrong

    We were still rebuilding from the wreckage left behind by the Bush administration…

  • Of course, I, and likely most liberals (and maybe even most Americans), would love a national 5G network built by the government and provided free to all US citizens. Unfortunately, that’s not what they have in mind.

    • Exactly. Plus, it’s TRUMP. He builds ’em shoddy.

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