Trump to meet today with U.S. wireless executives about 5G and drones
And if the president is interested, he might find it fascinating to hear about virtual surgery conducted with 5G connectivity, or how 5G will be able to wirelessly connect consumers with smart appliances like thermostats. Some of the new uses for mobile devices once 5G launches, will require government approval. It would behoove the president to be prepared so that he could start doing some serious thinking about putting an infrastructure in place that will help the government understand 5G better. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson and Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure will be among the executives updating Trump on the future of wireless service in the U.S.
As for drones, the FAA earlier this year predicted that the hobbyist fleet will triple by 2021, while the number of commercial drones will rise by a factor of ten to 442,000. The Trump administration will have to decide whether to allow companies like Amazon deliver packages using drones. The drones would be flying outside of the sight of an operator, which might be worrisome to the FCC. On the other hand, allowing retailers to deliver purchased goods by drone could give the economy a real shot in the arm.