Is Trump Backpedaling on 5G? No Federal Spending for R&D. Are All The Warnings Finally Sinking In?

By B.N. Frank

American opposition to 5G increases every day.  Lawsuits continue to be filed against it (see 1, 2)In February, the telecom industry provided congressional testimony that they have NO scientific evidence that 5G is safe.  Doctors and scientists say it isn’t (see 1, 2, 3, 4).  Engineers, environmentalists, meteorologists, NASA, NOAA, U.S. Navy, security experts and others have also described it as too risky and for many different reasons (see 1, 2, 3, 4).  No wonder telecom companies don’t want to tell the public OR the feds where they are installing it anymore!  It’s already making people and their pets sick (see 1, 2, 3).  That could lead to more lawsuits!

Is it possible that the Trump administration is paying attention to all of this?  A 5G Proponent website published an article last month that certainly makes it seem like the insane “Race for 5G” may not be as much of a priority anymore.


The White House last week issued its annual recommendations for federal spending on research and development, and 5G was nowhere to be found. That’s noteworthy considering 5G played a starring role in the administration’s recommendations last year.

In July 2018, Trump’s White House listed connectivity — including 5G specifically — alongside AI, quantum science, American manufacturing, space exploration, energy usage, medical innovation and agriculture as some of the top priorities for US government R&D investments. The administration’s recommendations were issued to federal departments and agencies, and covered fiscal year 2020 spending.


The administration noted that autonomous cars and unmanned aircraft were among the sectors that would make use of that advanced connectivity.

However, in its budget recommendations for 2021, issued last week, the White House did not mention 5G specifically. It did though offer comments on connectivity and spectrum: “Departments and agencies should support the development and deployment of advanced communications networks by prioritizing R&D consistent with the National Spectrum R&D Strategy,” the White House wrote.

Other priorities from last year — including artificial intelligence, quantum science and computing, energy and medicine, for example — did carry over into Trump’s recommendations for 2021.

“This is strange,” tweeted Democratic FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel on the absence of 5G from the White House’s R&D recommendations. Rosenworcel often criticizes her fellow Republican FCC commissioners and the wider Trump administration. “This is the infrastructure of the future. It should be a priority.”


The White House did not respond to questions about why 5G wasn’t mentioned in the administration’s latest recommendations.

One Beltway insider speculated that the elimination of 5G might be due to an ongoing feud between the Department of Commerce and the FCC. The Commerce Department oversees the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which has warned that the FCC’s move to release 24GHz spectrum for 5G could impact the nation’s ability to forecast hurricanes and other weather events. That situation has created a public rift between the FCC and the Commerce Department’s NTIA, the federal agency that oversees the US government’s use of spectrum.


Others in DC argued that Trump’s White House has made 5G a priority across all government agencies, from the NTIA to the FCC. Just this week NTIA released its first annual report on its efforts to release more spectrum for commercial uses including 5G. The report was developed in response to a Trump order in October of last year calling for a catalog of the government’s use of spectrum and for the country to develop a national spectrum strategy in part for 5G.

5G is a perfect example of “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”

Activist Post reports regularly about risks associated with 5G and other unsafe technology being forced on individuals and communities worldwide.  For more information, visit our archives and the following websites.

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