We live in a mobile world — the way we live and work is increasingly online. Think about this: in 2016 in North America, our smartphones, tablets, and mobile-enabled PCs consumed 1.8 Exabytes (approximately one billion Gigabytes) of data per month. Just one Exabyte of data is the equivalent of more than 4,000 times the information stored in the Library of Congress. By 2020, analysts expect wireless traffic to increase by a whopping 390 percent as a result of the explosion of connected devices and burgeoning Internet of Things. Across the country, mobile carriers are investing billions of collective dollars in their networks to meet that incredible demand and to deploy the next-generation of wireless technology known as 5G. But local hurdles threaten to delay or derail that innovation and investment, and we need national leadership to keep America’s wireless networks the envy of the world.
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