Help Close the Digital Divide and Bring More Consumer Choice to the East Bay: We Need Ultra-Fast 5G Wireless NOW
Wireless providers have plans to build the comprehensive 5G networks the East Bay needs to help close the digital divide and achieve other critical economic and social policy goals. Right now, your elected officials have it within their power to speed the deployment of 5G and bring technologies and tools that can dramatically improve the way we work and live. If you want 5G in your community, it's critical that your city leaders hear where you stand today.
What would 5G look like? Lightning-fast mobile connectivity — eventually up to 20 times faster than 4G. A new, affordable option for home internet service at fiber speeds… without the fiber. With up to 100 times more network capacity, crowds — whether it's in a packed BART car or at an A's playoff game — won't slow you down. Imagine school age children, across the East Bay, having access to a state-of-the-art internet connection. Imagine gigabit-speed wireless connectivity in your home for a fraction of what you could be paying your cable provider. This is possible with 5G.
Additionally, communities that tap into the power of 5G connectivity are better equipped to drive improvements in public safety, transit, utilities, public Wi-Fi access and emergency preparedness. And it's just the start of what's possible — the biggest gamechangers have yet to be imagined. But to make 5G a reality, elected leaders in the East Bay need to know there's widespread public support.
So what more do local leaders need to hear? Why is your voice so critical right now? Wireless providers are currently in discussions to build the 5G network the East Bay needs, but a tangle of outdated city permitting standards and unsustainable costs are threatening years of delays. If our leaders don't come together to facilitate deployment, it could delay deployment and technologies that can dramatically improve the way people across the East Bay work and live.
If you're ready for ultra-fast wireless broadband service… for nearly instant internet connectivity that opens up new ways to live, work and play… for technology that can provide new connectivity and newfound opportunities for people across the East Bay … and for the infrastructure the East Bay needs to become a true smart community leader, then tell your leaders your community needs 5G NOW.
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As a local community member, I'm writing to urge you to clear the way for a 5G network and lay the foundation for connecting residents in our community. The benefits to the people who live and work here, to the locally owned small businesses, to the students who need high-speed internet to study, to anyone seeking to improve their digital literacy skills — to the entire community, in fact — are simply too great. We have an opportunity to be one of the first areas in the country to get 5G service, and position our community as a regional and national leader in civic technology and innovation. The opportunity is staggering:
- 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 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 can make our streets and neighborhoods safer for cyclists and pedestrians using intersection traffic monitoring and management technologies, better security monitoring and smart lighting.
- 5G will lower health care costs while elevating care — Virtual health care potential could be raised to new levels, and 5G could make remote care even more effective and accessible to those who need it most.
- 5G will provide a powerful tool to help close the digital divide — With this revolutionary competitive service, we can make concrete progress toward serving residents across the East Bay with high speed internet, not just those in affluent neighborhoods. It could be the first step to bringing state-of-the-art network connectivity to public schools and community colleges across the region, and helping make sure children and adults are not left behind in our rapidly transforming digital economy.
This is your chance not only to deliver for constituents, but to demonstrate thought leadership and be part of transforming our region into a national Smart City and digital equity leader. Please do whatever you can to help deliver a real, citywide 5G network for our community.