U.S. President Donald Trump offered support for emerging technologies including unmanned aerial vehicles and next-generation wireless networks in a meeting on Thursday with the chiefs of AT&T Randall Stephenson and General Electric and other business leaders.

The White House brought together venture capitalists and executives from the telecommunications and drone, or unmanned aerial system, industries to discuss how the government can speed technologies to market.

The meeting, which lasted more than three hours including breakout sessions, is part of Trump’s effort to tap industry experts onhow to boost U.S. competitiveness in various fields and create jobs.

On Monday, Trump met with the heads of 18 U.S. technology companies including AppleAmazon.com, and Microsoft, seeking their help to make the government’s computing systems more efficient.



15:45  AT&T CEO Speaks

25:00  Trump :

“We can do a recommendation to the cities all over the country.   Get it going and moving faster.  

We could do a strong letter of recomondation so they can get it done much faster”




Carrier CEOs chew on Trump’s ear to clear the path and speed up small cell installations

June 23, 2017



Trump team considers nationalizing 5G network

Jan 28, 2018

Trump national security officials are considering an unprecedented federal takeover of a portion of the nation’s mobile network to guard against China, according to sensitive documents obtained by Axios.

Why it matters: We’ve got our hands on a PowerPoint deck and a memo — both produced by a senior National Security Council official — which were presented recently to senior officials at other agencies in the Trump administration.



FCC chairman slams Trump team’s proposal to nationalize 5G

Jan 29, 2018

The Federal Communications Commission’s Republican chairman on Monday opposed a plan under consideration by the Trump White House to build a 5G mobile network, nationalizing what has long been the role of private wireless carriers like AT&T and Verizon. “I oppose any proposal for the federal government to build and operate a nationwide 5G network,” said Chairman Ajit Pai.



Wireless industry throws cold water on plan to nationalize 5G

The wireless industry has signaled that they are not interested in the Trump administration’s plan to nationalize its own 5G network. Meredith Attwell Baker, the chief executive of the industry’s primary trade association, CTIA, issued a statement Monday saying the government should focus on pursuing “free market policies.”



States try to speed up deployment of 5G wireless networks

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe this morning signs a bill designed to speed up the deployment of the small cell infrastructure needed to support 5G wireless networks. The bill provides a uniform process for installing the new network equipment on lamp posts, utility poles, buildings and public rights of way.



Skepticism greets proposal to nationalize 5G wireless network

A proposal for the U.S. government to build its own 5G network — produced by a staffer for President Trump’s National Security Council and first reported by Axios on Sunday — is generating blowback from a number of corners.



Federal takeover of 5G wireless network raises significant concerns

Jan 28, 2018

A Trump administration proposal to nationalize a portion of the nation’s wireless network in order to combat threats from China in 5G raises many technical, logistical and political concerns, including a fierce debate over the proper role of government in business.



White House Budget Calls for Faster Small Cell, WiFi Reviews

The Trump administration on Monday backed speeding up regulatory reviews of small cell sites and WiFi equipment as part of a proposal to invest in infrastructure.

The White House’s $4.4 trillion budget proposal includes $200 billion in funding designed to spur state and local spending on infrastructure projects. The provision largely targets roads, bridges and other physical infrastructure, but the administration’s list of infrastructure principles also calls for expediting wireless equipment reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Historic Preservation Act.

“Small cells and WiFi attachments do not have an environmental footprint, nor do they disturb the environment or historic property,” the White House wrote. “However, despite this lack of impact, small cells and WiFi attachments typically go through the same level of analysis and review [as large towers], which needlessly adds both delays and costs to the process.”

The White House argues that federal funding would generate $1.5 trillion in infrastructure upgrades, but lawmakers — who generally disregard the budget proposals before crafting their own — are reportedly skeptical.

Members from both parties, as well as federal regulators, however, previously voiced support for exempting some telecom infrastructure projects from environmental or historic review requirements.

Wireless group CTIA lauded the White House’s recognition of “the need to streamline our nation’s infrastructure siting processes.”

“U.S. wireless companies are poised to invest $275 billion to provide 5G and we look forward to working with the administration and Congress to implement policies that will speed the permitting and deployment of new mobile broadband infrastructure,” CTIA President and CEO Meredith Attwell Baker said in a statement.