Lend Your Support for Fast, Reliable Connectivity in Santa Monica
Dependable wireless service is more important today than ever before. The residents of Santa Monica recognize the critical importance of wireless infrastructure to connect kids to the classroom, power the local economy, and provide government and healthcare services. In addition, people need to stay connected online from as many places as possible, from their homes to their cars and schools. This is possible only in areas with a robust and reliable communications network. The digital economy is rapidly changing, and Santa Monica needs to be at the forefront of these advancements.
The COVID-19 pandemic has only made clearer how reliant we are on robust internet services, and the urgent need for internet service that is stable, fast, and provides lots of bandwidth. Robust connectivity – whether mobile or fixed – is crucial, for example, to support telehealth services provided through video chat, and to work and study from home or on the road. Beyond actual needs, we all want to be able to watch shows, sports, or movies, play games and share special moments on social media or send video clips to friends and loved ones on the go. Subpar wireless connectivity only leads to frustration when we are unable to do any of these tasks simply and reliably.
Wireless companies are eager to partner with the City of Santa Monica to improve connectivity for residents. To make this happen, the City needs to support installing new wireless infrastructure (antennas and fiber). Santa Monica leaders also need to do all they can to expedite the enhancements required to improve our wireless networks. The children and residents of Santa Monica cannot afford to be left behind in the ever-evolving technology environment.
Additional and better next-generation wireless infrastructure will create an entirely new mobile and home broadband service, offering Santa Monica residents and businesses new choices for accessing reliable high-speed internet service. This connectivity is crucial to transforming transportation, public safety, and reliability for residents. Wireless connected transportation infrastructure will make traffic safer and move more smoothly. And this connectivity will help first responders, police officers, and firefighters protect our community and, more broadly, our way of life.
This next-generation infrastructure will comply with all FCC standards and be safe for communities and consumers. Radiofrequency energy used to transmit information without wires has been safely used for over 100 years. Today, the technology is used for daily connections — from radios and televisions to smartwatches/fitness trackers and wireless headphones, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi routers, and even baby monitors.
Our elected leaders need to understand the public's widespread support for this infrastructure to make safe and robust connectivity a reality. To build momentum to bring this cutting-edge technology to residents and businesses throughout the City, your elected leaders must see letters of support from community members like you.
Robust coverage and capacity will help ensure our future is connected. Therefore, please share your concerns with your Santa Monica elected officials to fast-track improved wireless infrastructure now to open up new ways for our community to live, learn, work, and play.
Dear [Council Member],
As a local community member, I'm writing to support the expanded wireless network infrastructure for Santa Monica. The benefits for people like me who live and work in Santa Monica, for local businesses, and for the entire community are too great to let municipal delays get in the way:
- More infrastructure = More options — The pandemic exposed problems with limited infrastructure—both for those forced to work from home and students struggling with remote learning. Wider access to the cloud, and fast, reliable internet, is essential for everyone.
- More infrastructure = More competition and lower costs — A new entrant into Santa Monica's home broadband market will increase competition and should lower consumer costs.
- More infrastructure = Improved city services, transportation, and public safety — With 5G and expanded 4G connectivity, first responders will be able to coordinate faster, sharing vital emergency information in real-time. Smart pavement and traffic lights will cut congestion. We may even see safer streets and neighborhoods thanks to better security monitoring and smart lighting.
- More infrastructure = A powerful tool to help close the digital divide — Robust broadband infrastructure is essential to making concrete progress toward serving all residents across Santa Monica with high-speed internet and ensuring children and adults are not left behind in our rapidly transforming digital economy.
This is your chance to demonstrate thoughtful leadership and be part of transforming our region into a technology leader. Please support and accelerate improved wireless infrastructure for Santa Monica.