November 6, 2018
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.
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.
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.