On the Issues
The fifth generation of wireless and a new level of mobile connectivity is on the horizon, bringing increased speeds and enhanced coverage. This is a connected future that we are just now beginning to glimpse—connected homes, smarter vehicles, and telehealth, for example—and more broadly, the Internet of Things (IoT).
5G is the next generation of wireless.
The benefits of a faster network are limited only by our imagination. Some benefits include:
- Monitoring and reducing our energy use through smart grid technology
- Reducing healthcare costs and improving access to care through remote monitoring and consultations
- Increasing public safety by helping public safety agencies locate, mitigate, and prevent crime
- Improving transportation speed and safety at which people and goods move
Infrastructure reform is crucial for 5G. Currently, delays in permitting application processing and extraordinarily high costs make it challenging for us to realize the benefits of this new and innovative technology.
What We Want
We need reforms—greater access, reduced costs, and streamlined processes—that reflect new infrastructure technologies, such as small cells, to make 5G a reality.