Lend Your Support for Innovative Connectivity in Santa Monica

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated our digital divide, harming businesses with unreliable or slow internet speed, hurting workers productivity at home, and exposing our children to inequality in learning. Now more than ever our communities see and feel the real-world consequences from falling behind.

Our city needs to invest in ultra-fast wireless service and infrastructure that will help facilitate essential connectivity and keep our economy strong and our education equitable. Mobile technology is reshaping the way we live and do business, and 5G is a fundamental platform for its continued innovation. This next generation of wireless infrastructure can facilitate an entirely new type of home broadband service, opening a new option for reliable high-speed internet access. This technology can also help bridge the digital divide and move towards digital equity, providing new connectivity and newfound opportunities for people in Santa Monica.

But to make this connectivity a reality and make Santa Monica a national "Smart City" leader, our elected leaders need to know there's widespread public support. To build momentum to bring this cutting-edge technology to residents and businesses throughout the city, it's important your leaders see letters of support from community members like you.

Greater coverage and capacity will help ensure our future is connected so tell Santa Monica officials to fast-track this wireless infrastructure rollout now to open up new ways for our community to live, learn, work, and play.
Dear [Municipal Leader],

As a local community member, I'm writing to urge you to fast track the 5G network for Santa Monica. The benefits to people who live and work in Santa Monica, to local businesses, and to the entire community are too great to let delays get in the way:

- 5G will provide 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, helping ensure children and adults are not left behind in our rapidly transforming digital economy.

- 5G will make education more accessible and interactive — Students will be able to transform their learning opportunities at all grade levels with digital learning applications, AR and VR experiences, and cloud technologies. It could be the first step to bring state-of-the-art network connectivity to public schools and community colleges across the region.

- 5G will supercharge local job growth — With the potential to attract new businesses, it's estimated 5G will create some 3 million jobs across communities that build 5G and inject $500 billion into the national economy.

- 5G will lower health care costs while elevating care — Virtual healthcare will be raised to new levels, and remote care will be made even more effective and accessible to those who need it most.

- 5G research will spark further innovation — The development and testing of 5G-enabled solutions will help drive and expand the use cases for 5G from machine learning and IoT to robotics, AI, and more.

- 5G will improve city services, transportation and public safety — First responders will be able to coordinate faster, sharing vital emergency information in real-time. Smart pavement and traffic lights will reduce congestion.

This is your chance not only to deliver for your constituents, but also to demonstrate thought leadership and be part of transforming our region into a national 5G leader. Please do whatever you can to help accelerate the 5G rollout for Santa Monica.

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