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Don’t Tread on My Internet: Why the best place for the government in the 5G race is on the sidelines.

By Jonathan Cannon | January 30, 2018

A recent news article suggested a nationalized 5G deployment in order to keep up in the race to bring about 5G networks. This idea was predicated on national security and defense. The premise of the argument was that to remain competitive and safe, The United States must be the first to implement this new technology. Fortunately, this is nothing more than a bad idea and was criticized by all members of the Federal Communications Commission.

As chairman Pai has said, “the market, not government, is best positioned to drive innovation and investment.” His mantra for a competitive market driven approach is the best course forward to ensure the fastest and most effective roll out of 5G. 4G exploded as a result of the major carriers working tirelessly to provide the first, fastest, and largest service area for their 4G LTE services. Competition pushed the companies to provide the service at a competitive price to consumers. If 5G is going to be the dominant technology we expect it to be, competition, not government take over is the answer

In order to ensure a speedy and efficient delivery of this new technology Congress must ensure that a legislative framework is created that does not inhibit or slow down its implementation. Regulatory barriers are archaic, slow, drive up cost, and delay implementation. Congress for once has an opportunity to foster the growth of 5G that will completely change the game for consumers.

The potential for 5G networks are enormous. The idea of having a wireless broadband available almost anywhere; providing better speeds and more access than any fixed network currently in place has infinite potential. From internet of things, self-driving cars, and more; 5G has the potential to be the biggest technological advancement in the 21st century.

As excitement for the potential of this new technology grows, it is imperative we prevent states, local governments, regulatory agencies and Congress from creating a patchwork of rules and regulations that will inhibit deployment and drive up costs keeping it one step further away from our 5G reality.

The government is the problem, not the solution to our quest for greater connection, and to be the most advanced interconnected society in the world.