Thankfully this is coming up in the Trump era or liberals would be giddy at the idea of the government building out 5G cell service. Ajit Pai has already come out against it from the FCC saying he puts his faith in the free market to do it. By the way, the free market already is doing it. But the national security elements of the government think we need a government created and operated 5G network because of China.
This is coming up more and more. The government uses “But China” like some people in politics use “But Trump.” It is the be all, end all excuse, explainer, and rationale for everything. China has been hacking and engaging in data infiltration within the United States and elsewhere. The government’s solution is to build a 5G network alleging it would be more secure. But how often have we already seen hackers infiltrate the government? More often than we should.
Here’s the thing outside the Tom Friedman fantasy land — China’s infrastructure is not all that it seems. It puts on flashy spectacle with fancy planes, submarines, and amazing technical infrastructure, but none of it lasts and a lot of it is smoke and mirrors. Take the train to Tibet and see for yourself.
Our solutions should not be more command and control like China. We should think different from them.