The Trump administration has announced that it will move to prevent federal tax money already earmarked for rural 5G high-speed wireless services from being spent on equipment from the Chinese company Huawei.
I advocate free trade, and see trade restrictions as a tool that should be used sparingly, deliberately, and as briefly as practical.
However, I am entirely in favor of blocking Huawei, and any other Chinese vendor, from participating in the build-out of America’s nascent 5G infrastructure.
I think the cellular 5G network will, when it is finally deployed, transform the way we interact with each other and with the internet (though not necessarily for the better). I believe augmented and virtual reality will eventually be as significant in our daily lives as the “flat” web is today, and the promised bandwidth of 5G networking will be crucial for that.
But it behooves us to prevent an unscrupulous rival nation from planting itself so deeply in our technological infrastructure.