Wireless connectivity is a problem currently facing cities across the country.
This is not something that will happen in ten years, but rather a revolution currently underway.
Nobody could have predicted that the wireless would explode as it was.
Do you think wireless coverage is part of your city’s infrastructure?
We need to start thinking about wireless as infrastructure –
the same way we think about water and wastewater systems.
Four out of five Americans say mobile connectivity is an integral part of their daily lives.
Let’s be clear:
Mobile Internet access is not a luxury, it’s a necessity.
Time and time again, studies after studies, several sources say the same thing:
Internet connectivity is an essential part of modern life.
Connectivity is an essential element of private enterprise, privacy, and effective governance.
We should do everything we can in our cities to encourage the deployment of wireless infrastructure.
The urgent need for a robust wireless infrastructure will only increase.
It is difficult to meet the demand for additional wireless infrastructure to serve the businesses and residents of our communities, but demand will increase further.
When you think of wireless, do you just think of mobile phones? It’s really a lot more than that.
It includes water meters, gas meters, each electric meter.
Just about every new car delivered today is equipped with a cellular modem.
Traffic lights, street lights, iPhones, even watches.
In less than 12 months, major carriers will begin deploying 5G in some US cities, including California.
Most of us have heard of 5G.
Although the exact specifications have not yet been released, the overall idea is to provide mobile data at the same speed as current residential broadband connections.
This means that wireless internet on our mobile devices is about the same speed as ours.
It will change EVERYTHING.
This is the most important trend in modern infrastructure since the massive deployment of broadband Internet.
Imagine a world in which a fast, fast Internet connection no longer requires a wired connection.
The business and services this infrastructure will support will revolutionize the way we collect data, conduct business, and lead our daily lives.
Many of us here remember the introduction of the Internet to individuals.
Initially, the Internet was considered a novelty.
Most companies did not take it very seriously.
Even when we got to the point where most companies had a web page, it was rather static and there was still a lot of debate about the usefulness of the Internet for the average citizen.
Today, I think there is no doubt that it is an essential element of modern life.
Today, the vast majority of companies do not only have a website, but also mobile versions of their websites integrating e-commerce.
Billions are sold on the Internet. Applications are optimized to work on mobile devices right out of the box.
In January 2018, 95% of active Facebook users accessed their account via mobile devices at least once.
Dozens of similar pressures on mobile data are driving the need for an extended wireless infrastructure.
Mobile video is a major component of this application.
Video streaming already accounts for more than 75% of total data consumption.
People close to or below the poverty line are much more likely than middle- and upper-income Americans to have only one source of Internet access.
This source is almost always a mobile phone.
For them, the lack of quality data coverage is not only a disadvantage,
but it can also be the barrier between them and the essential health,
banking, job search, and government services.
We really need to spend more time thinking about the critical role that wireless infrastructure plays in serving low-income residents living in our cities.
80% of 9-1-1 calls come from mobile phones.
Can you imagine if it was as difficult to make this emergency call to send a photo of an overcrowded stadium?
Investing in wireless infrastructure is more than just a revenue opportunity.
Cities should encourage their proliferation.
Robust wireless infrastructure contributes to public safety and can save lives.
Cities can leverage private sector investments to build the best wireless infrastructure at no cost to taxpayers.
That’s where leadership is needed.
Cities must adapt to the world of connectivity to meet the needs of the community.