Adelstein to Politico on President’s Infrastructure Plan

A POLITICO article highlights what President Biden’s infrastructure plan means for wireless. WIA President and CEO Jonathan Adelstein weighs in on what could happen if 5G is cut out.

“If 5G is cut out, it won’t do anything to help rural residents who want better mobile service. They’d have to run back home to go online, just like the dark ages before cellphones when you could only take a call from the house,” said Adelstein.

The article continues, “Rural Americans would benefit from more affordably blanketing whole regions with wireless connectivity they can tap via their smartphones, Adelstein said, arguing that farmers, for example, would have difficulty implementing precision agriculture technology if subsidies are geared toward laying fiber. ‘A fiber-first policy could inadvertently grow a rural mobility digital divide,’ he said.”

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