California Small Cell Bill Will Help Enable Next-Generation Mobile Broadband

Late last week, TechFreedom joined several other civil society organizations, corporations and trade organizations in expressing support for AB 2788, a California bill that would encourage the deployment of infrastructure needed in order to improve mobile broadband networks.

The bill establishes a reasonable framework for deploying small cells, which are unobtrusive wireless antennae that can be attached to existing structures such as streetlights, rooftops and utility poles. Massive amounts of infrastructure investment are needed in order to widely deploy these small cells throughout densely populated urban areas, and to wire each cell with fiber or Ethernet for backhaul. These small cells are crucial to the development of 5G networks, the next generation of mobile broadband. AB 2788 would permit the deployment of small cells in all zoning districts across California.

The letter states:

From energy usage to telecommuting to education and government access, wireless broadband increases efficiency, connectivity and information-sharing. Infrastructure is the first point of network contact for all of our smartphones, tablets and other wireless devices. Without sufficient wireless infrastructure, wireless providers cannot meet demand for coverage or capacity, whether for citizens making 9–1–1 calls, public safety responding to emergencies, or consumers and businesses sharing data.

As innovators continue to develop new, bandwidth-intensive Internet applications, networks must be able to accommodate heavier traffic. AB 2788 is an important step in enabling mobile broadband providers to implement such upgrades.

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