US President Donald Trump has said he wants the US to become a technology leader through competition rather than by blocking others.
President Donald Trump challenged US telecommunications companies on Thursday to boost their efforts to build advanced networks and said leadership should come from competition, not by blocking competitors.
Trump tweeted, "I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible". He then said there's no reason the country should be lagging behind on something, which is obviously the future.
President Donald Trump wants to see deployment of the super-fast wireless technology known as 5G - and, inexplicably, 6G, which does not yet exist.
"American companies must step up their efforts, or get left behind", Trump said in the first of two morning tweets.
It's unclear what the president meant by "blocking out" technologies.
I want 5G, and even 6G, technology in the United States as soon as possible.
Trump's tweet also comes on the heels of Samsung releasing the Galaxy S10 5G, which promises to come with 5G capability. Recently, President Trump was considering moves to keep Chinese tech company Huawei away from 5G in the US Some telecommunications companies worry that too strict a crackdown will bring price hikes or disruptions in supply. China has a narrow lead over the US and South Korea, according to research commissioned by CTIA, a Washington-based trade group for mobile carriers.
Trump's tweet also expressed his desire to "win through competition" instead of "blocking out now more advanced technologies".
Twitter users were more direct in their snark.
Another user demanded changes in the 1996 Telecom Act and said that a better nationwide fibre network deployment and backhaul infrastructure changes were the need of the hour.
Whether that's his primary intention or not, anything Trump tweets seems to trigger a legion of Twitter obsessives apparently just waiting to take offense.