Axios has the scoop that the Trump national security team is considering a proposal to nationalize the 5G network buildout. I don’t do telecoms policy, so I can’t assess the proposal as a matter of good economic policy — but it is worth noting that the FCC chairman (who some derided for his net neutrality stance) has come out in opposition to the Trump proposal.

But the main justification for the Trump proposal is not economic; it’s grounded in national security.  The justification resonates with a fear of Chinese intrusions into the 5G network as well as concern that Chinese protocols and standards might not benefit American enterprise.  So let’st take a look at that aspect of the justification.  Here are some quick reactions:

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