The U.S. May Repeat Mexico’s Wireless Spectrum Mistake

The Trump administration surprised everyone in 2018 by pushing an industrial policy to win the race to 5G. Proponents call the proposed national 5G wholesale network a groundbreaking reform that will accelerate progress by challenging existing mobile service providers. Writing in the New York Times that year, Kevin Werbach, a telecommunications adviser to Clinton and Obama, welcomed the idea: “The forward-thinking Democratic Party advocates and public interest advocates have driven the pushed it for decades.”

Under Trump’s plan, a private company would build and operate the system on a franchise basis. The U.S. government will provide radio spectrum and set an “open access” mandate — the network will have to have many wireless competitors. That is supposed to spur investment and spur innovation.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-u-s-may-repeat-mexicos-wireless-spectrum-mistake-5g-network-4g-mobile-carriers-competitors-red-compartida-11652389976 The U.S. May Repeat Mexico’s Wireless Spectrum Mistake

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