Lend Your Support for Fast, Reliable Connectivity in Collier County
Dependable wireless connectivity is more important today than ever before. From connecting kids to the classroom, powering the local economy, enhancing public safety, and enabling access to government and healthcare services, the people of Collier County need connectivity wherever they live, work, study, and play. This is possible only in areas with a robust and reliable communications network. The digital economy is rapidly changing, and Collier County needs to be at the forefront of these advancements.
Wireless companies are eager to partner with Collier County to install the networks needed to improve connectivity for residents. But outdated and slow-moving local processes inhibit these critically needed infrastructure upgrades, which can be held up by months or even years of delays. Collier County leaders need to do all they can to reform the County's rules and regulations and expedite approvals of critical wireless infrastructure. The people of Collier County cannot afford to be left behind in the ever-evolving technology environment.
In addition to mobile connectivity, fifth-generation or 5G wireless technology holds tremendous potential to offer new and competitive home broadband services that expand consumer choice and can help close the digital divide. Expanding connectivity can help first responders, police officers, and firefighters protect our community and, more broadly, our way of life when natural disasters such as hurricanes strike, which often impact Collier County.
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 county, 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 Collier County elected officials to fast-track improved wireless infrastructure now to open up new ways for our community to live, learn, work, and play.
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Dear [Council Member],
As a local community member, I'm writing to support the expanded wireless network infrastructure for Collier County. The benefits for people like me who live and work in Collier County, 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 Collier County'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 can coordinate faster, sharing vital emergency information in real-time when natural disasters such as hurricanes strike. 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 Collier County 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 Collier County.