POV From CEO, Tami Howie: Let’s Bring 5G to Maryland!

POV From CEO, Tami Howie: Let’s Bring 5G to Maryland!

We’re for new rules for the new economy….

We’re the most Innovative State in the Nation.

We have around 12,000 IT companies – second only to Silicon Valley.

We’re the cyber security capital of the United States, home to the National Security Agency, the U.S. Cyber Command and the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, and around 1,200 cyber security companies.

Our workforce is extraordinary – with the highest concentration of engineers and scientists anywhere in the country, and we rank second in the concentration of STEM employment.

I could go on and on.

Simply put, our tech sector is strong. We’re competing – and leading – regionally, nationally and globally in the new digital economy.

All Marylanders should be proud of our position as a technology leader.

If want to remain at the top of these rankings, we need smart public policies. That’s why we support Senate Bill 1188.

Strong, reliable and fast mobile broadband service is necessary to connect everything in an increasingly connected world – from smartphones and tables to autonomous vehicles and diagnostic medical equipment, and so much more.  This legislation will make help speed up the installation of the infrastructure necessary to bring 5G mobile broadband service to Marylanders.

Known as small cells, this equipment can be affixed to street lights, utility poles or buildings to help provide mobile broadband coverage. This equipment is needed to meet explosive growth in mobile data usage. Plus, small cells are integral to preparing for superfast 5G speeds that soon will be the norm.

You can read more about our take on this bill in the Baltimore Business Journal. Read it HERE.

We look forward to working with each of you to win passage of this critical infrastructure legislation and get it to Gov. Hogan’s desk this session.

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