It took me a while to think about how to correctly address this issue, because as a foreigner, what I am seeing in the United States is making me really upset. Recently, The British officials announced that they may let Huawei provide 5G services in the UK, and intelligence officials also said they have the capacity to minimize cybersecurity risk to the minimum. It looks a bit sarcastic to me that while the U.S. government is rejecting Huawei’s 5G equipment because they think Huawei’s equipment might be associated with the Chinese government to spy on surveillance data, the UK official is making an effort in strengthening their cybersecurity rather than blaming the equipment.
To me, I acknowledge that when you talk about advance network technology like 5G service, cybersecurity is a serious topic to discuss. However, cybersecurity should not be an excuse to ban the implementation of such technology. it is wrong to link technology, the very thing that drives human society to involve, with politics, and national competition like what happened in the space race. Because that way, the original intention of technological advance is no longer pure, but to be corrupted as a tool for countries to compete with each other.
In my opinion, I think the U.S., as being the superpower of the world, should let its people have access and enjoy the best technology available in the world as well. But something really triggers me about this. AT&T actually change its signal display on your phone from 4G LTE to 5GE to fool you into believing that you are actually using 5G services in various location (eg. O’Hare international airport). I know this for sure because I transfer from O’Hare from winter break. Anyone who has a basic understanding of what 5G is would know it is fake 5G, and yet, it is still out there fooling people who have never read about 5G technology. With all due respect, I think Americans deserve much better than this