Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign wants to push for government control of 5G networks

Politico reports that President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign wants to advocate for governmental control of 5G wireless airwaves, which would in turn lease access to private wireless providers.

The campaign says that the plan is designed to “drive down costs and provide access” to rural, “underserved” parts of the country with faster internet access, according to the campaign’s national press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany. On its face, the thinking behind the strategy appears similar to a plan that was leaked in 2018, which suggested that the federal government providing its own infrastructure that would in turn be used by wireless carriers. That plan earned plenty of backlash from the telecom industry and FCC chairman Ajit Pai,…

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