Trump: ‘A great example of what happens when you get involved in politics’
Donald Trump is calling for the federal government to “get involved in the cellular industry” as he prepares to formally unveil his plan to create a nationwide wireless network.
The Republican presidential nominee has repeatedly said the U.S. needs a nationwide mobile network.
“If we don’t have it, then they’re going to be using us as a dumping ground,” Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Tuesday, as the network aired the GOP candidate’s remarks.
“And we’re going take care of them.”
The network’s producers and anchors were skeptical that Trump was referring to the government’s role in providing telecommunications, given that he has said the United States should have “the ability to compete” with other nations in telecommunications.
I’m going get involved, and I’m gonna make sure the government is involved.” “
I’m going to get involved.
I’m going get involved, and I’m gonna make sure the government is involved.”
Trump said that the federal Government Communications Commission (GCC) should work to ensure that “we are competitive in wireless,” noting that the Commission has been a vocal advocate for wireless competition in the U-S.
In a May 2 speech in which he called for “more competition,” Trump praised the FCC’s “strong leadership” in developing the Mobile Telecommunications Satellite Service (MTSS).
“I have to say, it was a tremendous success,” Trump said.
“We had great success, because the people that were using the system were the people in the market.”
In his May 1 speech, Trump also praised the Mobile Internet Service Providers Association (MISPA), which represents major carriers.
“When I took office, I was going to take a strong position on this,” Trump declared.
“But we did it through a very small group.
We had the big guys that have a lot of influence over this and have a big influence over how this works.
We got the biggest and the best.
We were going to do it in the right way.”
Trump’s remarks followed a July 28 speech in Texas in which the candidate praised the federal regulatory agency, the FCC, for “making a tremendous impact on the marketplace.”
“We have a very good regulatory system,” Trump claimed.
“A lot of the stuff that was happening in the last two or three years, the industry had been so weakened, and you had a lot to do with it, that we got the FCC in there to do a very, very big, very effective job.”
In May, Trump had suggested that “big carriers” like Verizon and AT&T “should have been given preferential treatment” in the FCC-created wireless market.
“Well, that’s the way it is,” Trump noted.
“They’re big carriers.
And they get preferential treatment.”
AT&t’s CEO said in a May 26 earnings call that he supports Trump’s call for federal intervention in the telecommunications industry.
“This is something that we would absolutely support,” said John Legere, chairman and CEO of AT&ts.
“At the same time, we think there are very important things that the commission should be doing to ensure competition in wireless.”
Legeres comments come amid a broader shift in the wireless industry in recent years, which has seen major carriers like Verizon, AT&TS and Sprint move aggressively to expand their reach and market share.
Sprint has become the first major carrier to offer a nationwide 3G/4G network in the United State, and Sprint is the first to offer unlimited data plans on its network.
Sprint is also the only major U.A.E. carrier to provide mobile voice service, but that service has not been available to most U.W. customers.
“It is a big step forward for our country in terms of the wireless market,” Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam said on July 26.
“Now we can offer more choices and we can be sure we’re getting a great service.”
AT & T, the nation’s largest wireless carrier, announced in October that it would begin offering voice and data services nationwide on the same network that AT&T offers on the U.-S.
The carriers announced plans to expand the reach of their networks, including adding 5G LTE.
Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless company in the country and is the second largest carrier in the nation.