State wireless facility reforms promise jobs and economic benefits | The Hill
As states look to balance budgets and inspire local economic investment, lawmakers should consider adopting wireless facilities siting reforms as a way to encourage economic growth. So far this year, three state legislatures have passed pro-growth reforms to remove local regulatory barriers to building and upgrading wireless infrastructure facilities. With more people using wireless, mobile data traffic continues to escalate. Cisco Systems forecasted that “[g]lobal mobile data traffic will increase 13-fold between 2012 and 2017.” Public safety personnel, businesses and students all rely on dependable, high-speed wireless broadband. Construction of new cell towers, distributed antenna systems (DAS) and other infrastructure is critical to ensure that wireless data-traffic capacity is widely available, reliable, and economical for consumers.