In recent years, both 5G and AI have received considerable attention. However, there has been little focus on the complexities presented by AI and 5G operating together in the context of communications and information operations. Greater connectivity and access to information enabled by 5G also promise to bridge the digital divide, improving democratic participation and citizen mobilization. At the same time, there will be more opportunities for misuse of this technology. Many studies of 5G highlight the technical risks posed by Chinese companies manufacturing 5G equipment. In contrast, this paper examines the ways in which 5G-enabled applications alter the realm of communications and briefly identifies implications 5G can have for democracy and political life in general. Finally, it outlines broader systemic threats and negative impacts of 5G rollout on political participation.