Lend Your Support for Innovative Connectivity in Rapid City

Reliable connectivity is more important today than ever before. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have transitioned to working from home and our children are learning remotely. Reliable connectivity is essential for people to connect to their friends, family, colleagues and government services. All of this is only possible in areas that have a robust and reliable communications network. Like Rapid City, communities across the country are recognizing the importance of wireless infrastructure to connect kids to the classroom, power the local economy, and provide government and healthcare services. It also allows doctors to see their patients via video conferencing. The digital economy is rapidly changing, and Rapid City cannot afford to be left behind.

Ultra-fast wireless service and infrastructure can help facilitate essential connectivity and take it to the next level in a way that works for our community. Imagine students and faculty at all grade levels, including at Black Hills State University, having the ability to "interact" with atoms from their virtual classroom using VR/AR technology or medical professionals at Monument Health Rapid City Hospital leveraging 3-D scans to better treat patients.

Mobile technology is reshaping the way we live and do business, and reliable wireless service is fundamental to the 21st century economy. The next generation of wireless infrastructure will facilitate an entirely new type of home broadband service and could give Rapid City residents and businesses a new option for reliable high-speed internet access. Ultra-fast connectivity is expected to completely transform transportation and public safety. Automated and connected vehicles and transportation infrastructure will make traffic safer and move more smoothly. New augmented and virtual reality systems could help first responders, police officers, and firefighters protect our community, and more broadly, our way of life. All of this is possible in communities that have a robust and reliable communications network.

To build momentum and expand this cutting-edge technology to more 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. Tell Rapid City officials to help expand this wireless infrastructure rollout 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 thank you for your support of connectivity infrastructure for Rapid City and encourage you to continue prioritizing technological advancement for our city. The benefits to people who live and work in Rapid City, to local businesses and to the entire population are immense:

• More infrastructure = More options — With so many of us working from home, we need more broadband infrastructure in our community, not less. With our children now using the internet to learn remotely using video conferencing and shared documents stored in the cloud, fast, reliable internet access is essential.

• More infrastructure = More job growth — With the potential to attract new businesses, it's estimated increased connectivity will create millions of jobs across communities.

• More infrastructure = Improved city services, transportation and public safety — With ultra-fast connectivity, 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 better security monitoring and smart lighting.

• More infrastructure = Lower health care costs and elevated 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.

Thank you for demonstrating your leadership, and please continue to do everything you can to support expanded wireless infrastructure and connectivity in Rapid City.

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