By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 4-9-20

Republican FCC commissioner Michael O’Rielly has asked President Trump to lean on the Department of Defense to free up spectrum for 5G.

That came in an April 8 letter to Trump from O’Rielly, who is a fan of the President.

O’Rielly praised the President’s “extraordinary leadership” on “all communications policy matters” before getting to the ask, which was his direct intervention to get DOD to “reduce its spectrum footprint in a timely manner to promote 5G services.”

But while the President has made winning the race to 5G a priority, he is also historically deferential to the military.

O’Rielly included praise for both Trump and his efforts to boost the military, but said freeing up 5G did not threaten that legacy or the national defense.  » Read More