Make Seattle a "Smart City" that Serves All of Us: Approve Ultra-Fast 5G Wireless NOW

Right now, Mayor Jenny Durkan is considering policies that will shape the future of ultra-fast 5G wireless service for you and your neighbors. This is a revolutionary technology, and a key first step to providing fast, fair internet access for ALL Seattleites, no matter your neighborhood or income level. The time for action is now: While Seattle deliberates, other cities are leaping ahead in the race to 5G deployment. If you want 5G in our Emerald City, it's critical the Mayor hears where you stand today.

What would 5G look like? Lightning-fast mobile connectivity — eventually up to 20 times faster than 4G. And staggering network capacity — imagine sharing crystal clear video from the middle of a sold-out stadium. But 5G isn't just the next "G" in your phone — it's a societal breakthrough on par with the advent of electric power a century ago.

Just like a century ago, the biggest gamechangers have yet to be imagined. And with access to 5G, you, your children, or your neighbors could be the very ones changing the game.

Right now, only 79% of Seattleites with incomes under $25,000 maintain access to high speed internet. It's an unacceptable gap in digital access, and speaking up for 5G is a concrete way you can keep the pressure on city leaders to do their part in closing it.

To make 5G a reality — and make Seattle a national "Smart City" leader — the Mayor needs to know there's widespread public support.

Wireless providers are ready to bring 5G to Seattle now, but a tangle of municipal approvals and unsustainable costs are threatening years of delays. If our leaders don't come together to facilitate deployment, it could derail the whole plan and Seattle will get left behind as other cities lead the 5G revolution.

Tell Mayor Durkan to fast-track the 5G rollout now and open up new ways for our community to live, learn, work, and play.
Dear Mayor Durkan,

As a local community member of Seattle, I'm writing to urge you to please fast track deployment of the 5G network for our city. The benefits to people who live and work in Seattle, to local businesses and to the entire community are too great to let municipal costs and approval delays get in the way:

- 5G will provide a powerful tool to help bridge the digital divide — With this revolutionary competitive service, we can make concrete progress toward serving ALL Seattleites with high speed internet, not just those in affluent neighborhoods.

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

- 5G will improve city services, transportation, and public safety — First responders could coordinate faster, sharing vital emergency information in real-time. Smart pavement and traffic lights could cut congestion. We may even see safer streets and neighborhoods thanks to services like smart lighting.

- 5G will lower health care costs while elevating care — Raising the potential of virtual healthcare to new levels, and making remote care even more effective and accessible to those who need it most.

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

Sincerely,
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