Trump Administration Plan to Host Government-Run 5G Network Met with Resistance

Have you been dreaming of enjoying the speed of 5G? Many people have, and if you live in the United States, it may not be as far out of your reach as you may have imagined, as the current administration is considering a government-run 5G network which could lead to more security, but it seems like they’ll meet with a lot of resistance to get that going.

White House’s Stand on Proposal


This would be brand new territory for the U.S., as they have never done anything like this before. It also seems like it may be somewhat of a stretch, as this Conservative administration is all about privatization and not having government-run businesses.

However, Axios obtained a PowerPoint presentation, along with a memo that lays out plans for a centralized 5G system throughout the country.

An official with the National Security Council believes that if they had such a system in place by the end of Trump’s four-year term as president, it could make the country safer against cybersecurity and economic threats from China, though a spokesperson with the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Hua Chunying, explained that their government prohibits all cyberattacks.

During a press briefing on Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders admitted that they have “discussed the need for a secure table” and that “a lot of things are on the table.”

She added:

Right now we are at the very earliest stages of the conversation. There are absolutely no decisions made on what that would look like, what role anyone would play in it, simply the need for a secure network. And that is the only part of this conversation that we are up to right now,”

The Plan’s Opposition


But this doesn’t mean such a plan would be smooth sailing. FCC chairman Ajit Pai is opposing it, noting that “the market, not government, is best positioned to drive innovation and investment.” He feels a nationalized 5G network would be too costly and that it would be counterproductive to their strategies.

Additionally, two of the bigger telecom companies in the U.S., AT&T and Verizon, are already working on introducing 5G coverage this year. In fact, AT&T is already tussling with the government. They’re trying to purchase Time Warner, and the Justice Department is suing to block this sale from moving ahead. Putting all that to the side, neither telecom company is commenting on the future centralized 5G system.

But the plan might not be leaving the telecom companies out of it. They are suggesting either having the government pay and build the network and having carriers rent access to it or having wireless providers build individual 5G networks.

The Reality

It seems like the smaller details of this centralized 5G system don’t even need to be discussed until the larger roadblocks are cleared.

Trump has not had a lot of success with his grand schemes. He has been trying to build a wall at the country’s south border to stop illegal immigration, but there is no way to fund this wall. He insisted in his campaign that he would force Mexico to pay for it, and this is simply not happening. Plans have been drawn up, but it’s still not anywhere close to becoming a reality.

It seems a 5G system would suffer the same fate. There doesn’t appear to be money for the government to build the system on its own, and working alongside the telecom companies to pay for and build the wall doesn’t seem like it will be happening, as they’re already moving along with their own plans that don’t involve the White House.

How do you feel about this proposal? Do you feel the government should be involved in building and maintaining a 5G system with the thought that it would lead to more security? Or do you feel they should stay out of it? Add your thoughts in a comment below!

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Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.


  1. From another site: “Apparently the Axios report was based on an outdated document. Recode reached out to White House officials who say that it was also just an idea that “had merely been floated by a staff members, not a reflection of some imminent major policy announcement.” That said, it sounds like FCC chairman FCC took the idea seriously enough to issue a statement on the matter (see below).”

    We need to stop picking up pitchforks everytime the members of the elite media establishment create another strawman. This kind of media manipulation of the masses (from both sides) is tiring…

    1. No pitchfork here. I saw the same reports you’re referencing. But look at the quality of the websites that were reporting that compared to the websites that were reporting the other. Additionally, Sarah Huckabee-Sanders herself said they were looking into it, that’s what made me decide it was valid. It wasn’t the media reports but the press secretary herself.

  2. “There doesn’t appear to be money for the government to build the system on its own”
    If the government wants something badly enough, they WILL find the money. viz. the Interstate system of roads, nationwide electricity grid.

    “An official with the National Security Council believes that if they had such a system in place by the end of Trump’s four-year term as president, it could make the country safer against cybersecurity”
    Based on that statement from the NSA, I would be very much against a government-run 5G infrastructure.

    “He feels a nationalized 5G network would be too costly”
    In that, the FCC Chairman is right. Unlike the government, private companies must justify their expenses to their stockholders. Government tends to overpay for everything, with little or no consequences. Let’s not forget the definition of ELEPHANT – A mouse built to government specifications.

    OTOH, if the private sector were to build the %G network, they would charge the users an arm and a leg and them some.

  3. As far as building a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, it is apparent that Mexico will indeed pay for the wall by having to look after the people who would no longer be able to walk over to the U.S.

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