Wireless communication is a problem currently facing cities across the country. This is not something that will happen in 10 years, but it is better for change now. No one could have predicted the wireless to explode the way it did.
Do you consider wireless coverage as part of your city’s infrastructure?
We need to start thinking of wireless as a infrastructure – the same way we think about water systems and sewerage. Four out of five Americans say mobile communication is an essential part of their daily lives. Let’s be clear – non-luxury internet access is a necessity. Many times, after studies on this topic, many sources all say the same thing: internet communication NOW is an important element of modern life. Communication is a critical part of the private sector, domestic life and effective governance. We should be doing everything possible in our cities to promote the deployment of wireless infrastructure.
The urgent need to build wireless infrastructure will only grow. It is difficult to keep up with the increasing demand for wireless infrastructure to serve businesses and residents of our communities, but the demand will grow continuously. When you think about wireless, are you just thinking about cell phones? It’s so much more than that. Including water meters, gas meters, all electric meters. Virtually every new car delivered today has a modem powered by cell phones. Road lamps, traffic lights, iPhones, and Watches.
In less than 12 months, major carriers will begin rolling out 5G in select American cities, including California. Most of us have heard of 5G. While the exact specifications have not yet been released, the expanding idea is to provide mobile data at the same speed as today’s broadband broadband connection. This means that the wireless Internet on our mobile devices is about the same speed as ours at home. This will change EVERYTHING. This is a very important trend in modern infrastructure since the mass distribution of Broadband Internet. Imagine a world where having a fast internet connection no longer requires a wireless connection. Businesses and services that will be supported by this infrastructure will revolutionize the way we collect data, do business and make our daily lives.
Many of us here remember the introduction of the internet into people’s homes. At first the internet was seen as something new. Many businesses did not take them for granted. Even though we got to where most companies had a web page, they were quite static and there was still a great deal of debate about how the internet was useful to the average person. Today, I think there is undoubtedly a critical part of modern life. Now most companies not only have a website, they have mobile versions of their websites with built-in Ecommerce. Billions are sold online. Applications are designed to work on mobile devices right out of the gate. In January 2018, a good 95 percent of Facebook active users access their account with mobile devices at least once. There are a number of similar pressures on mobile data that drive the need for wireless infrastructure.
Mobile video is a big part of this application. Video streaming is already over 75% of total data usage. People near or below the poverty line are more likely than low-income and high-income Americans to find a single source of Internet access.
That source is almost always mobile. For them, the lack of quality packaging is not an easy task, it can be a barrier between them and critical health, banking, job search and government services. We need to spend more time thinking about how wireless infrastructure plays a major role in helping low-income residents living in our cities.
80% of 9-1-1 calls are done by telephone. You can imagine if it was difficult to make that emergency