Tell San Francisco City Leaders: We Need 5G Wireless NOW 

5G is rolling out in cities across the U.S., and San Francisco city leaders can make decisions now to support the availability of 5G wireless service in our local community. If you want to help bring ultra-fast 5G to San Francisco, it is critical that your voice be heard today.

As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic highlights, reliable connectivity has become essential to our daily lives.  As a result of the pandemic, many people have lost their jobs or transitioned to working from home and many students are learning remotely rather than in-person. Reliable connectivity is necessary to enable people to connect to their friends, family, colleagues and government services. It also allows doctors to see their patients via video conferencing. All of this is possible only in areas that have a robust and reliable communications network. 

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 San Francisco. Solving the digital divide requires action on three pillars: increasing broadband affordability, adoption and access.  Each is vital to solving the problem before us. Greater access fosters greater affordability, and greater adoption.

5G can help facilitate essential connectivity and take it to the next level. Imagine students having the ability to "interact" with atoms from their virtual classroom using VR/AR technology or medical professionals at the UCSF Medical Center leveraging 3-D scans to better treat patients. But 5G isn't just the next "G" in your phone — it's a societal game-changer 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 5G a reality, and make San Francisco a connected city, our elected leaders need to know there's widespread public support. We are a city 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 city, it's important your leaders see letters of support from community members like you.

A connected city is a thriving city, so tell San Francisco officials to fast-track the 5G 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 San Francisco. The benefits to people who live and work in San Francisco, to local businesses and to the entire community are too great to let delays get in the way:

  • 5G will supercharge local job growth — With the potential to attract new businesses, it's estimated 5G will create more than 8,000 jobs in San Francisco with an estimated growth of over $1.3 billion to our local economy.

  • 5G will help close the digital divide — Robust broadband infrastructure is essential to making progress toward serving all residents 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.

  • 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.

This is your chance not only to deliver for your constituents, but 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 San Francisco. 


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