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November 6, 2018

Meet CTIA’s 2018 5G Wireless Champions .

Meet CTIA’s 2018 5G Wireless Champions


This year, we honored local officials who best exemplify the leadership and vision needed to bring next-generation 5G networks and innovation to their communities. The 5G Wireless Champion Awards were presented to three individuals that champion reforms, policies and practices that remove barriers to the deployment of next-generation wireless infrastructure.

Meet our 2018 recipients:

Jenn Daniels, Mayor of Gilbert, Arizona

Under Mayor Daniels’ leadership, Gilbert became the first community in Arizona to streamline the ability of wireless providers to install small cells by standardizing fees, clarifying the use of public rights-of-way for deployments, and setting timelines for the review of applications. As a result, wireless providers can more quickly add capacity to wireless networks to meet growing demand for mobile broadband, while laying the groundwork for 5G networks.

We know that wireless industry investment in Gilbert will help spur new economic benefits and job opportunities. Streamlining infrastructure requirements for new wireless networks will further boost Gilbert’s growing reputation as a great place to live and do business.
-Mayor Jenn Daniels

Ashton Hayward, Mayor of Pensacola, Florida

As Mayor, Ashton Hayward led Pensacola to become one of the first cities in Florida to revise local permitting procedures under new statewide guidelines governing wireless infrastructure siting procedures including small cell attachment fees, and timelines for the review of small cell applications.

Pensacola wants to lead in unlocking the new opportunities and benefits provided by the next-generation of wireless. I supported the FCC’s recent orders to remove cumbersome federal hurdles to broadband because it will open the door to increased investment and innovation in our community.
-Mayor Ashton Hayward

Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston, Texas

Mayor Turner’s leadership in Houston helped streamline the permitting process by not requiring a license or attachment agreement for new poles or small cells, and completes review ahead of deadlines. Houston is among the fastest at reviewing and approving permits and leads all cities in Texas with 548 permit approvals from September 2017 to September 2018.

Read our Q&A with Mayor Turner

Houston will be one of the first cities in the world to deploy 5G thanks to our commitment to removing barriers to wireless industry investment and business growth. 5G will be a game changer for the City of Houston, helping us move ahead of other cities in digital innovation and bringing progress and economic growth.
-Mayor Sylvester Turner

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