With unanimous votes in both chambers, the Delaware legislature passed House Bill 189 — the Advanced Wireless Infrastructure Investment Act. The measure streamlines the permitting process and includes other provisions that will expedite the installation of "small cell" wireless infrastructure. The bill is awaiting Gov. John Carney’s signature.
Small cells are shoebox-sized antennas that can be affixed to existing structures — such as traffic signals, buildings and street lights. The size and flexibility of small cells helps AT&T target areas needing additional capacity in a way that is low profile and unobtrusive. Small cells will enable faster wireless Internet speeds, provide more and targeted network capacity for things, like streaming movies or music, and lay the foundation for technologies of the future — such as 5G, smart cities, and connected cars and devices.
"Delaware's leaders understand that a strong wireless infrastructure is central to the state's economic competitiveness; enhances the delivery of government services through 'smart city' technology; and lays the foundation that will support technologies of the future. This legislation will encourage companies, like AT&T, to invest more in wireless infrastructure in the First State. I applaud the legislature for moving so quickly to pass this legislation,” said Denis Dunn, president, AT&T Delaware.
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