BROADBAND & TECHNOLOGY TASK FORCE
WHEREAS, mobile broadband access is critical in creating economically sustainable communities of color, including Hispanic communities; and
WHEREAS, the next generation of mobile connectivity, which promises more capable, efficient and intelligent capabilities, increases network reliability, reduces latency, provides consumers and businesses with higher speeds, and is capable of serving a greater number of wireless devices than current technology; and
WHEREAS, to ensure the success of next generation technology and the United Statesâ€™ leadership in this next generation of wireless, its carriers will have to deploy small antenna infrastructure connected via wireline fiber facilities; and
WHEREAS, next generation signals cover shorter distances thus requiring several times as many smaller cells than traditional cell towers and that next generation networks work only if deployed intensively; and
WHEREAS, in order for next generation networks to have maximum impact for consumers, wireless carriers, state and local governments must work together to encourage deployment of this technology.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) affirms that local governments should balance the deployment of new generation wireless technology with local governmentsâ€™ role in managing rights-of-way, maintaining safe communities, and promoting economic development; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the NHCSL affirms that local governments need to modernize its processes to enable the rapid deployment of small antenna infrastructure to support next generation networks; and
BE IT ADDITIONALLY RESOLVED that the NHCSL urges local governments to work collaboratively with businesses to bring next generation networks to their cities.
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be transmitted to the President of the United States, the Vice President of the United States, members of the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate, the Chairman and Commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission, and other federal, state and local government officials as appropriate.
THIS RESOLUTION WAS ADOPTED ON APRIL 30, 2016, AT THE NHCSL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE & BUSINESS BOARD OF ADVISORS MEETING HELD IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
Sponsored by: Senator Juan Pichardo (RI)