Positions City for Next Generation of Wireless Broadband
Today, AT&T applauded the Hammond City Council which has passed a local ordinance to accelerate the deployment of small cell technology, helping pave the way for the next generation of high-speed wireless services to Hammond residents and businesses.
Small cell technology is an integral building block for 5G, and is critical to ensuring that consumers and businesses continue to enjoy the modern, high-speed connectivity they demand.
"Consumer demand for wireless connectivity is growing at an incredible pace and shows no signs of slowing, and this ordinance will streamline the process for wireless investment, helping to bring better wireless service to residents and businesses and positioning Hammond to benefit from the 5G economy," said State Representative Chris Broadwater.
"With this new ordinance, Hammond allows cutting-edge technologies and infrastructure that improve our quality of life while also preserving the character of our community," said Mayor Pete Panepinto. "It’s an important balance that ensures Hammond is a leader and model for other communities wanting to push forward."
Small cells are shoebox-sized antennas that can be affixed to existing structures such as traffic signals, buildings and street lights. The size and flexibility of small cells helps AT&T target areas with additional capacity in a way that is low profile and unobtrusive.
This technology will enable faster wireless Internet speeds, provide more and targeted network capacity for things like streaming movies or music, and lay the foundation for technologies of the future – such as 5G, smart cities and connected cars and devices.
"Mayor Panepinto and Council members in Hammond are to be applauded for taking action that encourages companies to invest more in wireless infrastructure, and their efforts reflect their continued commitment to cultivating an environment locally where businesses have the tools to succeed ,” said Sonia Perez, president of AT&T Louisiana. “The leadership shown by the Mayor and Hammond City Council enables AT&T’s Louisiana workforce of 4,100 men and women to turn our billions of dollars of state investment into the connectivity that Louisianans demand.”
AT&T invested more than $1 billion in our Louisiana wireless and wired networks from 2014-2016, and over the years, those investments have helped AT&T deploy more than 1.7 million strand miles of fiber optics across the state. These investments also drive a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for Louisiana consumers and businesses. They also enhance critical services that support public safety and first responders.
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