Viewpoint: Why D.C. needs to approve stand-alone ‘small cell’ 5G towers

Success now and in the future depends on connectivity — better wired and wireless broadband. Here in Washington, D.C., efforts led by Mayor Muriel Bowser have strengthened mobile connections in the city, providing greater opportunities for business and residents, improving public safety and making D.C. a future-forward place to work, live and visit.

Still as our society becomes increasingly digital, and as mobile technology improves, the need for even better cellular service becomes greater every day. The good news? An easy change in city infrastructure guidelines can improve connectivity in the District.

In 2019, the Bowser administration approved guidelines for “small cells” to be installed on existing infrastructure throughout D.C. Small cells are called “small” for a reason — they are unobtrusive, low-powered antennas that enable stronger cellular signals in congested areas. By allowing wireless providers to attach these small cells to existing streetlamps and utility…

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