FCC wireless siting reform is key to U.S. 5G leadership

Via CTIA Resource Library

Sep 25, 2018

Meredith Attwell Baker, President & CEO

Tomorrow, the Federal Communications Commission will take a major step toward making the United States ready for 5G. The agency will set national guidelines for states and municipalities regarding wireless infrastructure — guidelines that reflect and are designed to promote the wireless networks of the 21st century. This may sound obscure, but it is the most important step policymakers can take this year to ensure jobs and economic growth in the industries of tomorrow stay in America.

Other countries are increasingly realizing — and more importantly, acting — to claim leadership in the next generation of wireless, viewing 5G as foundational to their countries’ future success. On a bipartisan basis, U.S. policymakers agree, citing 5G’s transformational power, economic impact and global implications.

A national framework for the wireless infrastructure that will power 5G networks is critical. As the global 5G race continues, and U.S. wireless providers are preparing to invest $275 billion in these new networks, the escalating cost and burdensome procedures of siting new networks has become a significant barrier to continued American wireless leadership.

Continue reading Meredith’s op-ed,here.

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