Remove barriers to innovative connectivity across California

As the COVID-19 pandemic has proven, reliable connectivity is more important today than ever before, and a California State Assembly bill called AB-537 can help accelerate the deployment of high-speed internet throughout California. AB-537 will increase wireless broadband deployment, including fixed wireless solutions for homes and small businesses. This will not only be a gamechanger for communities who have experienced communication infrastructure delays, but also help remove barriers to next generation connectivity across the state. Communities across California increasingly rely on these innovations to connect kids to the classroom, power the local economy, and provide government and healthcare services — but all of this is only possible in areas that have a robust and reliable communications network. The digital economy is rapidly changing, and the state of California can be at the forefront of these advancements. AB-537 will help ensure that California is not left behind as we turn the corner from the pandemic and pursue economic recovery for all Californians. If you want expanded connectivity and innovation in your community, your voice is critical right now.

Game-changing wireless speeds are just around the corner. Imagine students and faculty at all grade levels, including at University of California campuses, having the ability to "interact" with atoms from their virtual classroom using VR/AR technology or medical professionals at UCLA Medical Center leveraging 3-D scans to better treat patients. But 5G isn't just the next "G" in your phone — it's a revolutionary technology on par with the advent of electric power a century ago.

And just like a century ago, 5G's greatest breakthroughs have yet to be imagined.

But to make all this a reality and make California a connected state, our elected leaders need to know there's widespread public support for AB-537. We are a state full of visionaries, creators, teachers and innovators, we face our challenges head on and work to find bold solutions. To build momentum to bring this cutting-edge technology to residents and businesses throughout the state, 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. Tell California officials that you support AB-537 in order to help connect California communities and open up new ways for us to live, learn, work, and play.
Dear [Senator],

As a California community member, I'm writing to express my support for AB- 537, which will accelerate the deployment of high-speed internet throughout California. This is critical as people increasingly rely on wireless connectivity for virtually every communication and broadband access need they have, including telehealth, distance learning and working from home. AB-537 will allow the benefits of high-speed Internet connectivity to be realized in a time-efficient manner and ensure that California is not left behind. The benefits to people who live and work in California, to local businesses and to the entire population are immense:

• 5G will make education more accessible and interactive — Students will be able to transform their learning opportunities at all grade levels, including at UC campuses, with digital learning applications, AR and VR experiences, and cloud technologies.

• 5G will supercharge local job growth — With the potential to attract new businesses, it's estimated 5G will create more than 736,000 jobs in California with an estimated growth of over $316 billion to our local economy.

• 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.

• 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.

Please continue to do everything you can to encourage and support the expanded wireless infrastructure and connectivity that bill AB-537 will bring to California. Thank you for demonstrating your leadership and being part of transforming our region into a national 5G leader.

Sincerely,
[SIGNER]
Update #14 minutes ago
Thank you for taking action to create a more connected California! Will you take the next step and Tell Governor Newsom that you support SB-556 and AB-537 in order to help connect California communities and open up new ways for us to live, learn, work, and play.
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