Infrastructure

Wireless connectivity might feel like untethered magic but this technology still relies on physical towers, wires and cells to deliver the service Americans rely on.

  • Why We Care

    Just as the mobile devices and applications we use over the airwaves are constantly changing, so is the equipment that goes into building out the networks. The future of wireless isn’t just large cell towers – it’s thousands of densely-deployed small cells. And as technology evolves, so should our laws and rules. Legal reviews designed for putting up macro towers need to be right sized for the network architecture of the future. Hefty fees and lengthy approval processes can drive up costs and cause delays to installing the infrastructure needed to meet demand. Ultimately, that slows down how quickly consumers, small businesses and innovators gain access to next generation networks. Every community in the United States stands to benefit if we get these infrastructure policies right.

  • Facts

    • American telecom operators could invest approximately $275 billion over seven years to deploy next-generation wireless technology.
    • Wireless carriers plan to deploy over 250,000 small cells to deliver 5G coverage in the future.
    • Streamlining historical and environmental reviews for small cells could result in $1.56 billion in cost savings.