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senate Bill S. 3255

Should the Federal Gov’t be Prohibited From Nationalizing 5G Networks?

Argument in favor

The major wireless carriers already invested significant time and capital into building 5G networks for their customers, and have plans to deploy 5G in some markets this year. A federal takeover of the process at this stage would be costly, as a gov't network protected from competition would be immune to the competitive and financial pressures that drive private firms to innovate, maximize efficiency, and provide value to customers.

Gopin2020's Opinion
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08/15/2018
Yes, the Federal government already has their fingers in far too many pies. Limited government is something that I prize highly.
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David's Opinion
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08/15/2018
The nine most frightening words in the English language: “We are from the government, we’re here to help.”
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08/15/2018
Centralizing and nationalizing are steps you take if you want to slam the emergency brakes onto the only economic engine in world history that has been able to cut global poverty in half in the last two decades - capitalism and the free market. Anyone claiming that government taking control of something will help you, or will help anyone besides the government alone, is either lying or uninformed, but either way is no friend to you.
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A government-run 5G network could potentially be more secure and cheaper for consumers than a privately- run network. By centralizing all efforts towards building a national 5G network, the government would also be able to reduce the inevitable duplication of effort and infrastructure that would occur if all the major cellular carriers built their own 5G networks independently.

burrkitty's Opinion
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08/15/2018
This is a stupid unnecessary bill for a situation that doesn’t functionally exist. Let’s be realistic. This is the 21st century. Power is a utility, water is a utility, phones are utility, internet access is a utility. The government has never nationalized ANY OTHER UTILITY. Although it is true the USA has occasionally done short term receiverships, the United States has a culture that celebrates moderately regulated capitalism as the economic ideal. Over the past century, the U.S. government has occasionally nationalized railways, coal mines and steel mills, and it has even taken a controlling interest in banks when that was deemed to be in the national interest. However, these corporate “wards of the state” typically have been returned to private hands after short, sometimes fleeting, stretches under government stewardship. They have never taken over entire utility systems. Literally because they can’t. Our power system is not nationally connected. Our water systems are -really- not nationally connected. There are hundreds (maybe thousands) of companies and for sure hundreds of thousands of US jobs that are players in the utility industry. There is no mechanism other than brief local receivership for industries as extensive as utilities. This bill is pointless drama. Why are are we fussing about this? All that is needed is a common backbone (minimum standards, functionality regulations, security laws, and inter-corporations agreements to provide fair cross platform data stream cooperation) and the individual companies can carry on from that point, just like they do for the other utilities. Sharing network infrastructure in order to better allocate capital and thus expand service to more people is not a radical idea. The wireless industry has done it before with great success. That’s how “moderately regulated capitalism” works. That’s the middle road.
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John's Opinion
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08/15/2018
The internet has become a public utility. It should, at least, be regulated for security by the government. BUT NOT CONTROLLED BY 45!
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Mindful's Opinion
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08/15/2018
Privatization of Prisons-how’s that going? Privatization of Flint’s water-how’s that going? And more...For Profit...is Not for People’s best interest-History proves this Fact.
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    Yes, the Federal government already has their fingers in far too many pies. Limited government is something that I prize highly.
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    This is a stupid unnecessary bill for a situation that doesn’t functionally exist. Let’s be realistic. This is the 21st century. Power is a utility, water is a utility, phones are utility, internet access is a utility. The government has never nationalized ANY OTHER UTILITY. Although it is true the USA has occasionally done short term receiverships, the United States has a culture that celebrates moderately regulated capitalism as the economic ideal. Over the past century, the U.S. government has occasionally nationalized railways, coal mines and steel mills, and it has even taken a controlling interest in banks when that was deemed to be in the national interest. However, these corporate “wards of the state” typically have been returned to private hands after short, sometimes fleeting, stretches under government stewardship. They have never taken over entire utility systems. Literally because they can’t. Our power system is not nationally connected. Our water systems are -really- not nationally connected. There are hundreds (maybe thousands) of companies and for sure hundreds of thousands of US jobs that are players in the utility industry. There is no mechanism other than brief local receivership for industries as extensive as utilities. This bill is pointless drama. Why are are we fussing about this? All that is needed is a common backbone (minimum standards, functionality regulations, security laws, and inter-corporations agreements to provide fair cross platform data stream cooperation) and the individual companies can carry on from that point, just like they do for the other utilities. Sharing network infrastructure in order to better allocate capital and thus expand service to more people is not a radical idea. The wireless industry has done it before with great success. That’s how “moderately regulated capitalism” works. That’s the middle road.
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    The internet has become a public utility. It should, at least, be regulated for security by the government. BUT NOT CONTROLLED BY 45!
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    The nine most frightening words in the English language: “We are from the government, we’re here to help.”
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    Privatization of Prisons-how’s that going? Privatization of Flint’s water-how’s that going? And more...For Profit...is Not for People’s best interest-History proves this Fact.
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    This sounds like an opportunity for big business to once again collect tax payer money to operate their own equipment... they have built the networks on their dime for the most part, if the network fails, that’s their loss... isn’t that how capitalism markets work... I think they should require 5G networks to be a regulated utility, and then the FCC should have competent, incorruptible leaders, to protect the public from private business price gouging... utopia sounding huh?
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    Quit trying to protect internet providers! The government should certainly have the option if the circumstances are appropriate. The internet should already be regulated as a public utility. Access to the internet is vital in the world we live in.
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    Centralizing and nationalizing are steps you take if you want to slam the emergency brakes onto the only economic engine in world history that has been able to cut global poverty in half in the last two decades - capitalism and the free market. Anyone claiming that government taking control of something will help you, or will help anyone besides the government alone, is either lying or uninformed, but either way is no friend to you.
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    The president doesn’t have a constitutional right to make those decisions without the approval of Congress.
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    Less federal control over domestic issues is always a good thing.
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    The federal government needs to stay out of this
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    The less control & regulation by the government in our lives, the better. And this one is just ripe for them screwing up!
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    YES. Don’t even think about it.
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    👎🏻👎🏻 E-FRONTIER Act 👎🏻👎🏻 I OPPOSE This bill — known as the Eliminate From Regulators Opportunities to Nationalize the Internet In Every Respect Act (E-FRONTIER Act) — would prohibit the president or a federal agency from nationalizing 5G networks without authorization from Congress. It would also require the Comptroller General to conduct a security analysis of threats facing U.S. broadband networks from American adversaries. A government-run 5G network could potentially be more secure and cheaper for consumers than a privately- run network. By centralizing all efforts towards building a national 5G network, the government would also be able to reduce the inevitable duplication of effort and infrastructure that would occur if all the major cellular carriers built their own 5G networks independently. 8*18*18 ..... SneakyPete.
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    Nationalizing industries is typically something socialist, or communist countries do. Last time I checked we were not living under either of those economic systems.
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    Since the US government has not nationalized any other utilities what this bill is really attempting to do is stop any regulations that might put the public interest above profits. The danger of this is that sometimes there are things that are more important than money, like national security and civil liberties. This bill relies on fear to take an extreme stance that private profit is always good and should be allowed without any limitations. Private profit can drive innovation, but taken too far leads to a destructive greed. Wireless networks and the internet need to be treated like utilities, which the US government does not nationalize. The wireless industry has been asking for government support in building a 5g network, but now they want to make sure there are no regulations to go along with it? Government support with no regulations is extreme; whereas, regulations in line with a utility is the middle reasonable ground. Support innovation, but not at the expense of national security and civil liberties.
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    The answer to any question that begins with, "Should the Federal Government be prohibited from", is yes. The Federal Government has gone far beyond it's constitutional mandates. Only a convention of the States has any real hope of reining in the bloated Federal bureaucracy! So, yes they should be prohibited from nationalizing anything!
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    Regulation kills innovation, just look at Amtrak. Not to mention having the NSA run and own your cellular connection is very chilling. Government didn’t invent the Model T or the light bulb or the iPhone, let inventors and creators do what they do best.
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    No. If net neutrality is destroyed, having a government funded high speed alternative will force the greedy telecom companies to provide a higher level of service for a fair price. This is just like how the public healthcare option would have kept the insurance companies in check. And of course the Republiklans were against that as well.
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    Government does not know how to manage a business and constitutionally not obligated to.
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