White House Is Planning To Nationalize 5G Network: Report

In a stunning - if accurate - report published Sunday night, Axios claims that White House national security officials are considering an unprecedented federal takeover of a portion of the nation’s mobile spectrum/network to protect against Chinese attacks, in what may well be a pre-emptive shot, hinting at upcoming trade wars between the two superpowers.

Axios got its hands on PowerPoint deck and a memo, both of which were purportedly produced by a senior National Security Council official, which were presented to other senior officials at other agencies during a recent meeting.  The documents argue that America needs a centralized nationwide 5G network within three years. There'll be a fierce debate inside the Trump administration, and an outcry from the industry over the next 6-8 months over how such a network is going to be built and paid for.

For those unfamiliar with 5G, Quora has a useful discussion on "How is 5G different from 4G and when will it be launched?"

The document's author presents two options:

  • The U.S. government pays for and builds the single network — which would be an unprecedented nationalization of a historically private infrastructure.
  • An alternative plan where wireless providers build their own 5G networks that compete with one another — though the document says the downside is it could take longer and cost more. It argues that one of the “pros” of that plan is that it would cause “less commercial disruption” to the wireless industry than the government building a network.

Another expert who discussed the plan with Axios said the second option isn't really feasible because a single, centralized network is what is needed to protect against cyberattacks from the Chinese or other foreign powers.

The source said the internal White House debate will be over whether the U.S. government owns and builds the network or whether the carriers bind together in a consortium to build the network, an idea that would require them to put aside their business models to serve the country's greater good.

Option 1 would lead to federal control of a part of the economy that today is largely controlled by private wireless providers; here it is worth noting that Telecom companies are among some of the most hated US corporations because they benefit from the current oligopoly enshrined by the status quo. Furthermore, if Verizon and its competitors introduce new tiered plans in violation of net neutrality, this dissatisfaction will only worsen, making a government nationalization feasible.

In the memo, the Trump administration likens it to "the 21st century equivalent of the Eisenhower National Highway System" and says it would create a “new paradigm” for the wireless industry by the end of Trump's current term.

Aside from its various other staggering implications, 5G nationalization would still leave many other elements of the market free to private competition. 

According to the presentation, the US must build superfast 5G wireless technology quickly because “China has achieved a dominant position in the manufacture and operation of network infrastructure,” and “China is the dominant malicious actor in the Information Domain.”

To illustrate the current state of U.S. wireless networks - perhaps as an aid to the attention-deficient administration- the PowerPoint uses a picture of a medieval walled city, compared to a future represented by a photo of lower Manhattan.


According to the leaked memo, the best way for the government to achieve its goal, is to build a network itself. It would then rent access to carriers like AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile. (A source familiar with the document's drafting told Axios this is an "old" draft and a newer version is neutral about whether the U.S. government should build and own it.)

This would be preferable for two reasons:

It's a marked shift from the current system where those companies each build their own systems with their own equipment, and with airwaves leased from the federal government.

Nationwide standard: the federal government would also, according to the memo, be able to use the banner of national security to create a federal process for installing the wireless equipment, preventing states and cities from having their own rules for where the equipment could go.

The memo argues that a strong 5G network is needed in order to create a secure pathway for emerging technologies like self-driving cars and virtual reality — and to combat Chinese threats to America’s economic and cyber security. A PowerPoint slide says the play is the digital counter to China’s One Belt One Road Initiative meant to spread its influence beyond its borders. The documents also fret about China's dominance of Artificial Intelligence, and use that as part of the rationale for this unprecedented proposal.

There’s even a suggestion that America’s work on a secure 5G network could be exported to emerging markets to protect democratic allies against China.

"Eventually," the memo says, “this effort could help inoculate developing countries against Chinese neo-colonial behavior.”

US Telecoms are already working on building 5G networks, with AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, for example, investing heavily in this area. The process for setting 5G standards is well underway. Korea has been at the forefront of testing, as have Japan and others. It's not clear a national strategy would yield a 5G network faster or by the memo’s 3-year goal.

The memo says China is slowly winning the AI “algorithm battles,” and that “not building the network puts us at a permanent disadvantage to China in the information domain.” There is a real debate to be had over China and AI, but it’s unclear what at all that has to do with a mobile network.

5G is expected to run at 10-20 gigabytes per second, which, as ForexLive points out, is blazing fast, further making the argument that nationalizing it would be a necessity to secure self-driving cars from being hacked.

Full document below (pdf source).


mobius8curve max2205 Sun, 01/28/2018 - 19:09 Permalink

This network along with AI and blockchain will be used to facilitate this:

Revelation 13:14-18 And he deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by reason of the signs which it was given him to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast who hath the stroke of the sword and lived. (15) And it was given unto him to give breath to it, even to the image of the breast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as should not worship the image of the beast should be killed. (16) And he causeth all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free and the bond, that there be given them a mark on their right hand, or upon their forehead; (17) and that no man should be able to buy or to sell, save he that hath the mark, even the name of the beast or the number of his name. (18) Here is wisdom. He that hath understanding, let him count the number of the beast; for it is the number of a man: and his number is Six hundred and sixty and six.

Know your enemy:


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COSMOS shimmy Sun, 01/28/2018 - 19:53 Permalink

This reminds me of how in Puerto Rico after the USA taxpayer pouring in hundreds of millions to redo their power grid the governor of Puerto Rico announced the grid would be privatized.  LOL a brand new grid given for a low price to those with connections to the government.  Same here with this 5G network.  It will be built up at the taxpayers expense and then you can bet it will be privatized to a GOLDMAN Sachs backed venture.  The fleecing of the the taxpayer.

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NidStyles stizazz Mon, 01/29/2018 - 06:03 Permalink

Means that companies like Google will no longer be able to sell the data of it's customers to private hands with impunity.


It also means that they will be considered public utilities and fall under the guidelines and regulations as being public utilities.


I won't give you any more. You can figure it out yourselves. I will not be buying into this new infrastructure.

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any_mouse NidStyles Mon, 01/29/2018 - 06:55 Permalink

Sure, "Protect You" they say. "Trust Us", they say.

State control of a key network. As in having access to all transmissions in real time. Which signals get through and which are black holed. Going to need more NSA data centers.

National Security. All must obey and submit.

Nefarious foreigners want to take away our wealth and freedoms.

You know who has been doing exactly that for over 100 years from the inside by an Act of Congress.

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techpriest COSMOS Sun, 01/28/2018 - 22:33 Permalink

Yes, funny how privatization does not mean "private companies put up their own money, take their own risk, and reap the rewards even though some will go bust on bad bets," but "make the taxpayer pay the upfront cost and then sell it to some Congressman's friend for 10 cents on the dollar."

One is capitalism, one is not.

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INTJ Economist COSMOS Sun, 01/28/2018 - 23:42 Permalink

Our tax dollars are not funding this shit or any other nonsense.  The US Gov't doesn't need our tax dollars to pay for anything; it spends via keystrokes.  Currency has been digital for decades.  The government wants money to pay for shit?  It spends it into existence.  Think about it.  USD is created by the Fed.  They don't need our tax money in order to spend.

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fbazzrea INTJ Economist Mon, 01/29/2018 - 01:36 Permalink

it sounds like you're confused.

the US Govt does not create money. the US Govt, meaning you and i, BORROW those dollars created with keystrokes from a private banking cartel known as the Fed. thus, this private banking cartel holds tremendous power over our elected officials because unless the Fed buys our debt instruments to the tune of trillions of dollars, our govt, you and i, go broke because without the Fed and its other central bank brethren (co-conspirators) tag-teaming our debt, there would be nobody else on the planet stupid enough to loan a bankrupt nation any more money, especially at ~1% APR--except for institutional investors managing other people's retirement money.

comprende? govt SPENDS money. Fed LOANS money. taxpayers OWE money. money=zip. nada. zilch. until abra cadabra. [enter] poof!! 

"we owe. we owe. it's off to work we go."

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new game fbazzrea Mon, 01/29/2018 - 06:05 Permalink

oh, and don't forget "first touch", by law, that goes to the primary dealers, that basically bid, hold or transfer this debt and make billions. this is the one off club, or just the club card carrying members that are skiing in davos right now. skiing as in blow and slopes of a hooker...

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el buitre fbazzrea Mon, 01/29/2018 - 07:32 Permalink

Only partially true.  More and more of the spending (off the books) comes from Zimbabwe electronic printing by the Fed and the ESF, as opposed to CONgress sanctioned debt.  Explain where did the $21+ Trillion that Fitts and Prof.  Mark Skidmore discovered that were spent by the DoD and HUD since the late 90's come from?  Where does all the money to buy up treasuries that no one in their right minds wants come from (in order to keep yield rates low and prop up the equities bubble)?

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Abaco COSMOS Mon, 01/29/2018 - 07:59 Permalink

We already did that under Obama.  His near trillion dollar stimulus paid to lay fiber optic cable all over the US. In many cases it was then turned over to private entities who basically lock it up in favor of the established players.  A start up trying to bring high speed internet to a rural area might as well go pound salt.

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Buck Johnson COSMOS Mon, 01/29/2018 - 08:15 Permalink

Yep, and it's amazing that we lag in so much because we think of capitalism as the all for everything.  The reason why those big networks don't make faster networks is because they don't have to.  As long as you are still paying for their shit systems then they don't have to put money from their pocket to upgrade.

China is going to beat our asses and we are going to pay for it.



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Bigly SilverDOG Sun, 01/28/2018 - 20:23 Permalink

No, it does not cook your brain or possibly interfere with sensitive equipment.

Glad I don't have a pacemaker....

I laughed at the brother on Better Call Saul. Not anymore. How to get to a quiet rf area if there is none to be had. Faraday cages around your house or a room?

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jimmy c korn Bigly Sun, 01/28/2018 - 21:03 Permalink


By Catherine J. Frompovich


Businesses, industries, state utility commissions, utility companies, especially electric power providers, and the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are “hell-bent” on pushing the ultimate in surveillance and control technology, the Internet of Things (IoT) that will operate on the new 5G broadband platform and network(s), which use much smaller microwave ‘towers’ placed very close to each other.

Why so close?  Because 5G is harder to get into buildings to operate all those smart appliances consumers covet and controllers want us to use in order to track our in-home activities 24/7/365, all under the false pretense of saving consumers either time or money, while providing the utmost in supposed conveniences.  However, surveillance is the prime agenda destined to become the intended way of life globally; just check out the UN’s Agendas 21 and 2030.

5G has the ability to penetrate the skin causing a sunburn-like-tingling and, if close enough in range to certain Gigahertz frequencies, 5G can cook an egg or cook an eye!  What will it do to the human brain, which is mostly cholesterol [1] and water (about 73%)?

Microwaves interact with and excite water molecules causing cellular and DNA [5] disruptions. Microwaves also send out non-thermal radiation waves, which are documented to cause electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) [2], plus activating voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs) [3].  Microwaves also are known to breach the Blood Brain Barrier [4] thereby causing toxins and chemicals to cross into the brain—something Nature never intended.

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SixIsNinE Beowulf55 Sun, 01/28/2018 - 22:16 Permalink

5g is MILLIwave - meaning millimeter size waves going into and through all your body.  all the time.  it doesn't go through material objects like metals, houses, walls, etc very well which is why they have to have transmitters all over the place - it is a

PRISON PLANE they are planning for us.

ebay is already selling 60GHZ (5g is 24ghz to 90ghz) hdmi wireless video gear for your home made in china for us markets.

the Nokia wireless division head guy at 40yrs old damaged himself from the testing of this stuff - he can't walk and has multiple sclerosis.

that was more than 5 years ago - don't know if he's still alive.

look up transhumanism.  they seriously want to jack into us like a parsite and take over.  the tech is there and they are going for it.

look up NASA's War Plan paper.  The human body is too inefficient - there are other ways.

Notice the other day the fakestream put out front page news that look - they've cloned monkeys.  isn't that cool. 

remember the Bush/Gore campaigns when stem cell research was a "hot" topic.  people are too overwhelmed to do anything but shrug now and say, well, wasn't that in a movie or something.


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NidStyles SixIsNinE Sun, 01/28/2018 - 22:59 Permalink

Will never happen. The amount of energy needed to do so is so vast that only city centers will be under their influence. Energy is not free, and we are extremely borrowed time with our current infrastructure. The same thing that brought down Germany during WWII will bring this system down, it's outdated infrastructure and lack of cheap enough energy to keep going.


What this does mean though, is that the telecoms will no longer be able to legally partition private user data to private hands. Doing so will mean time in Federal Pound me in the ass prison. Hear that Red/Black? Red/Gold? The last sound you will hear will be the cell blocks locking down on you.


The pickle will be walking around in the country free from your idiocy.

You heard my funny racist joke earlier. Why not tell it for us?


Oh, and checkmake again, 21

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DuneCreature Reality_checkers Mon, 01/29/2018 - 01:40 Permalink

We could roll you up like a baked potato for better protection.

In your case we might forget to punch air holes in your little security space blanket..


~~~))) -- It's All About State Control Of Your Ass, The Speed At Which ZeroHedge Loads For You Has NOTHING To Do With 5G --(((~~~

5G Is Going To Kill You - .......... So sayth Richie.

I say it's just going to drive you crazy. ......... How do I know? ... They used me for target practice with 5G, that's how I know.

They missed a lot. ............ Lucky for you that they did too.

Now do understand why I get on ZH and yell at you people?

I know I'm crazy............and as soon they turn up the juice you will be too.

Want to put a name and face on this evil shit?

Let's start with this asshole Tom Wheeler.

Mr. Stick 5G Up Your Ass Himself

The 5G Stasi winged me once. ............ I owe the chief asshole one.

Live Hard, Buckle Up Fellow Lab Rats, Here Comes The Mad Scientist And He Has His 5G Zapper All Charged Up, Die Free

~ DC v8.6

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GreatUncle DuneCreature Mon, 01/29/2018 - 08:13 Permalink

If you rationally believe you are crazy ... it is normally a good sign of not being crazy.

They have lost the plot dune ...

Everything is being done now to try and take control of people, remove all freedoms, privacy and property.

For anything you own, are free to think or hide from them is a perceived weapon in their minds against all their criminal and fraudulent behavior.

Just sit back and watch the ride ... snowflakes are going to be more fucked over this as slowly everything they believed in is withdrawn unless it is controlled by the globalists.

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fbazzrea jimmy c korn Mon, 01/29/2018 - 01:48 Permalink

Why so close?  Because 5G is harder to get into buildings to operate all those smart appliances consumers covet...

i agree 5G presents a health hazard for humans but the above statement is incorrect.

higher frequency electromagnetic radiation (5G>4G) has more energy, shorter wavelengths and increased penetration abilities. i'm not sure why the 5G towers would have to be closer except that maybe the tremendous power required to broadcast 5G while increasing density or saturation, limits the range. regardless... not good.

also, 5G towers could easily be weaponized.

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Adahy fbazzrea Mon, 01/29/2018 - 06:06 Permalink

" higher frequency electromagnetic radiation (5G>4G) has more energy, shorter wavelengths and increased penetration abilities "

You're just thinking about it backwards.  High frequency waves do not penetrate as well and tend to reflect off of more solid materials, and low frequency waves pass through easier.  This is why Xrays (higher freq.) show the harder materials instead of just going through them and why you can use an Infrared (lower freq.) camera to see IR through walls.

They are already talking about making connected hotspots that act as towers, everywhere.  In every house, in every car.
And hundreds of billions of chips to interact with it, in EVERYTHING you buy.

See how it's coming together?  Scary as hell.

Stay strong my relatives.
Osda svnoi

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new game Adahy Mon, 01/29/2018 - 06:35 Permalink

my wife said: off the fuking grid". but, i ask where the fuk do ya hide? lol. where mankind considers the envirn hostile.

try out your phone first, then consider the local population, and then consider the source of heat, then, well hope to hell you are the first and last to locate "where no man goes".

got a few ideas...


humans suck...

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