DOD’s Interest in 'Owning' 5G Networks Riles Conservative Groups

NextGov: A set of individuals and organizations advocating free-market principles is drawing attention to what they say are conflicting moves from within the administration on how best to establish fifth-generation networks in the U.S., noting nationalization of the technology isn’t it.

“A government-run 5G backbone, wholesale network, or whatever name it goes by, is nationalization of private business,” reads an Oct. 7 letter to Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., signed by leaders of Americans for Tax Reform, the Competitive Enterprise Institute and 41 others. “Spectrum sharing is something that must be considered as the nation moves forward with private networks, but it is not a reason for a government takeover.”

Read article