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Trump Campaign Revives Nationalized 5G Network Plan

March 04, 2019 / SDxCentral

A narrower, albeit equally controversial plan to place more of America’s 5G future in the hands of the government is making the rounds. The plan, which is being pushed by President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and some of his advisors, calls for the government to take wireless spectrum from the Defense Department and use a third-party operator to make 5G services available on a wholesale basis to wireless providers, according to Politico. With 20 months to go before the next presidential election, the public-private proposal is wrapped up in political maneuvering intended to win favor with rural voters who often lack access to affordable broadband. Trump’s campaign manager for the 2020 election, Brad Parscale, backed a nationalized 5G network in response to tweets Trump wrote on 5G late last month.