PERSPECTIVE: Should the U.S. Government Own America’s 5G Network?

This article, by Christoper Burnham, originally appeared in Real Clear Defense on October 19, 2020.

The Department of Defense (DoD) recently issued a Request for Information (RFI) exploring the creation of a government-owned and operated 5G network, tapping its mid-band spectrum currently used for naval operations. While there is a new national imperative for this prime 5G spectrum—to provide 5G networking and communications to the entire country—there is nothing good (and much bad) that would come from the government owning America’s 5G network.

The U.S. government has been auctioning off spectrum since 1994 to the private sector. From this, … Read More