At Connect (X): Orlando Mayor Launches New Small Cell Master Permit Pilot Program

ORLANDO, Fl. — During a morning panel discussion on the second day of the Wireless Infrastructure Association’s (WIA) annual Connect (X) event, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced today the launch of “The City of Orlando Small Cell Master Permit File Pilot Program,” a new initiative that will establish a next-level partnership and cooperation with digital infrastructure providers as well as the entire wireless industry in preparation for a 5G world.

Joining Mayor Dyer on the panel was Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey, along with moderator Zenia Zaveri, Crown Castle’s Vice President of External Affairs. Together, they discussed prioritizing 5G deployment and the important economic and social benefits that the technology will bring to their cities in Florida and across the country. Both mayors stressed that connectivity is the key to all aspects of life, and mutual cooperation is fundamental in enhancing the lives of citizens. This, along with 5G, will help bring more people – and therefore revenue – into their communities and beyond.

“This announcement further establishes Orlando’s reputation as an epicenter for technology and collaboration,” said Mayor Dyer. “5G wireless technology is going to be the backbone of America’s innovation economy, and we want Orlando to be America’s premier 5G city.”

“Mayor Dyer’s announcement will accelerate the Orlando community and its many visitors into 5G global connectivity, opening doors for mobile applications anytime and everywhere,” said WIA President and CEO Jonathan Adelstein. “By streamlining the rollout process now, Orlando and other communities that follow their lead will attract more private investment. That means Orlando benefits sooner from the jobs and economic opportunities brought by 5G speeds. I thank Mayors Dyer and Dailey for being a part of Connect (X) and for contributing to the 5G conversation.”

Through an expedited small cell permit process, the inaugural program will create a Master Permit File for all of the proposed pole types and equipment configurations a provider is planning to deploy in the city, effectively streamlining the applicant submittal packages and city’s permit reviews. The provider’s “pole family” will get reviewed and approved one time upfront. Then, future permits would only need to reference the Master File Permit for the pole design and details. 


May 21, 2019
Amy-Gabrielle Bartolac, Public Affairs Manager