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Macro towers, 20K more trained tower techs and new skill sets needed to roll out 5G says FCC

Although small cells and 5G were high on the list of topics during yesterday’s U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation’s hearing on Industries of the Future, FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly emphasized that 5G deployment requires more than just sound spectrum policy to be successful, and macro towers and additional worker skill sets are needed

“It will need a concerted effort to bypass attempts by rogue local and state governments to extract untenable riches from new technology users or drag out siting reviews due to ineptitude or attempts to preserve power. This is not a new phenomenon, and it is why legislation on the topic, like the Thune-Schatz bill, would be so helpful,” O’Rielly informed committee members.

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