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White House calls meeting over 5G tensions, report says

CNET logo CNET 7/11/2019 Corinne Reichert
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On the same day US President Donald Trump held a social media summit without inviting the two biggest social media companies Twitter and Facebook, the White House also reportedly held an in-house meeting on 5G policy. The discussion was to "combat infighting" about the new mobile network technology, Axios reported Thursday afternoon.

5G, already launched in some parts of the US by Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile, is the next-generation network being used by smartphones to provide faster speeds and more capacity.

The "high-level" White House meeting was called by Mick Mulvaney, acting White House chief of staff, because "tensions over 5G have come to a head" in Trump's administration, according to Axios citing two administration officials. The meeting was led by Larry Kudlow, director of Trump's National Economic Council, the report said, and included Ajit Pai, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chair as well as officials from the Defense, State, Commerce and Education departments.

Mulvaney's office and the FCC didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

Trump has previously pushed for US dominance in 5G and even 6G, recently saying the US would lead in 5G "very shortly."

"I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible. It is far more powerful, faster, and smarter than the current standard. American companies must step up their efforts, or get left behind. There is no reason that we should be lagging behind," he tweeted in February. 

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