Hudson Institute hosted a discussion on how the U.S. can maintain a competitive edge in 5G technology, with experts presenting two competing perspectives on the best path forward. Nadia Schadlow, a Hudson senior fellow and former assistant to the President and deputy national security advisor for strategy in the Trump Administration moderated the discussion between Robert Spalding, Hudson senior fellow and former senior director for strategy to President Trump and Harold Furchtgott-Roth, Hudson senior fellow and director of the Center for the Economics of the Internet.
Driven by economic and national security concerns, the U.S. is taking steps to ensure its dominance in the global wireless technology sector and the 5G Internet market. However, experts disagree on the extent to which the federal government should be involved. Some have called for the federal government to step up regulations through efforts such as a “digital second amendment” to define the ideal standards of the digital world. Others have recommended a more hands-off, market-driven approach, citing concerns that government delays have jeopardized the U.S.‘s lead over countries like China.