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Exclusive: Trump administration to unveil big 5G push

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President Trump and his top telecom regulator will announce plans today to unleash the largest-ever swath of radio frequencies in the U.S. and a $20 billion fund to help wireless companies to keep pace with global rivals — specifically China — in the 5G race.

Why it matters: Proponents maintain that a significant economic advantage will be won by the first country to broadly deploy 5G networks, which will deliver wireless speeds 100 times faster than today's mobile internet. The U.S.'s lead in building current 4G technologies led to smartphone ubiquity and apps like Uber and Spotify. The next generation is expected to power self-driving cars and smart cities.

The Trump allies who have pushed back on his media attacks

Ivanka Trump at Axios event
Ivanka Trump at an Axios News Shapers event in August. Photo: Chuck Kennedy/Axios

In an interview with "Axios on HBO," President Trump said his supporters like him more when he dials up his attacks on the media and that he is "doing a service" by labeling those who cover him unfairly or inaccurately "the enemy of the people."

The big picture: Trump's core base might enjoy his fiery rhetoric, but several of the president's close allies have broken with him when it comes to his characterization of the media. That includes his own daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump, who told Axios in August that while she has been the subject of stories she knows to be false, she doesn't consider the media to be the enemy.