Most people likely don't think of Arizona as a state that leads in any major communications technology, let alone next generation communications. That particular honor might go to more populous states like California, New York, or even Texas. With a new House Bill passed in Arizona, however, it's gone straight to the head of the class for 5G wireless communications deployments.
Governor Doug Ducey explained that the legislation signed—House Bill 2365—makes it easier for current network operators to add capacity, and in so doing, not only improves the infrastructure but also makes Arizona a more attractive move for technology firms who need the added bandwidth to carry out operations.
Though 5G won't be hitting the market for somewhere around another three years, at last report, reports suggest that the system could allow for speeds around 500 megabytes per second, which given that the average speed in the United States is around 6.5 megabytes per second, is staggeringly fast. While the Arizona legislation doesn't make it any faster to reach the end user, it does make it easier to put such systems in place.
Governor Ducey noted that it was a matter of “when” networks expand, not a matter of “if,” and so wanted to be ready for when such expansion took place. He also noted that the legislation signed makes it easier for mobile network operators to put such systems into place, without having to “...jump through a patchwork of regulatory hurdles or navigate a maze of permits and fees....”
Calling Ducey's attitude on this point “forward thinking” is almost an understatement. Ducey not only seems to understand the value of next generation communications systems on a state's economy, but he's also willing to let government step aside and actually allow networks to put these systems in place. That's almost shockingly responsible thinking, and it's the kind of thing we need to see more of. Granted, we all want certain safety considerations in place, but beyond these simple considerations of human life and well-being, let's get the systems up and running.
Next generation communications will spell the difference between businesses that can get ahead and businesses that can't, and no reasonable state wants to be full of businesses that can't get ahead. Paving the way for 5G and other technologies now will make a big difference later, and that's a point Arizona seems to have well in hand.
Edited by Alicia Young