Nationalizing 5G Is Not the Way to Beat China


By Brendan Carr

The United States and China are competing for global leadership in 5G — the transformative new Internet technology that will soon power everything from critical infrastructure to artificial intelligence to household appliances. At stake is $500 billion in GDP and a first-mover advantage that could provide the winner with a decade of economic dominance.

Even more, the race to 5G is a competition between our two systems of government — the central planning and industrial policies of China versus America’s free markets.

Yet reports surfaced last week that advisers to the administration are calling for the U.S. to embrace China-style nationalization as our path to 5G. That’s like looking to Cuba as inspiration for reforming the U.S. health-care system.

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