Next-generation networks require next-generation infrastructure.

By: Nicola Palmer

Today’s action by the Federal Communications Commission to accelerate small cell deployment is another critical step toward making our nation’s 5G future a reality, sooner rather than later.

Verizon promised to be first to 5G, and to do that we’ve deployed thousands of small cells and millions of miles of fiber. We wouldn’t have gotten there without the support of forward-looking policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels who understand the need for policies that promote 5G while preserving the pivotal role of localities in managing public rights-of-way. But there is much more work to be done for the U.S. to win the race to 5G. Today’s FCC order will help get us there by adopting common-sense guidelines, modeled on state legislation, that reduce the time and cost of small cell deployments while accounting for legitimate local interests.

We would like to thank the FCC for demonstrating vision and determination in taking the steps needed for the U.S. to maintain its leadership position as we enter the 5G age. We also thank Commissioner Brendan Carr for his strong leadership on this important issue.

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About the author(s): 

Nicola Palmer is chief network engineering officer and head of wireless networks at Verizon.