COLUMBIA, S.C., Sept. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin has accepted the Connected City Award on behalf of Columbia, South Carolina, for the city's leadership in expanding municipal wireless connectivity. As President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Honorary Co-Chair of the New Leaders Council, and a member of the FCC Intergovernmental Advisory Committee, Mayor Benjamin is a bellwether for city leadership and his jurisdiction is setting an example for cities across the nation. By recognizing that the rollout of 5G wireless infrastructure is vital to local economies, Mayor Benjamin and his staff have made tremendous strides in creating an efficient permitting program for timelines and fees.
"By employing a strong streamlined policy, we have been able to accelerate deployment of 5G wireless infrastructure in Columbia. We are very happy to be working with companies like Mobilitie and to lead the way for improved wireless infrastructure and IoT in our great city," said Mayor Benjamin.
"Mayor Benjamin is setting the bar for city leadership. By recognizing the impact of efficient deployment processes, he is bringing economic growth to his city while unlocking expanded wireless connectivity for its citizens," said Christos Karmis, President and CEO of Mobilitie. "We are proud to work with the city of Columbia as it continues to be a leader in Connected City initiatives, bringing seamless coverage and capacity for mobile commerce, public safety, and data streaming to its residents, businesses, and visitors."
Columbia's wireless policy lays out a replicable framework for facilitating the permitting and deployment of wireless infrastructure on predictable timeframes. The City has enacted clear guidelines for design, permitting, and deployment in addition to setting reasonable fees. The staff in Columbia partners with the wireless industry, managing a streamlined process to issue fast permitting approvals that demonstrates how an efficient wireless policy can attract wireless infrastructure investments.
Mayor Benjamin's leadership and active role in streamlining the permitting process and accelerating small cell deployment will no doubt greatly impact the economy of Columbia, South Carolina, bring ubiquitous connectivity to the city, and help reduce the digital divide to bring 5G to all citizens.
Congratulations goes out to Mayor Benjamin and the City of Columbia from everyone at Mobilitie for officially becoming a Connected City.
Mobilitie is the leading telecommunications infrastructure company in the United States. As a global provider of complete wireless solutions, Mobilitie helps people stay connected on their mobile devices wherever they are by funding, deploying and operating next-generation infrastructure that enables robust 4G LTE coverage and upcoming 5G services and speeds. Mobilitie wireless infrastructure includes communication towers, indoor and outdoor neutral host DAS networks, small cells, and Wi-Fi networks. Mobilitie's Advanced Technology Group engineers innovative wireless solutions that improve wireless service at the largest and most complex venues across all major industries—including sports and entertainment, real estate, hospitality, education, healthcare, government and transportation.
Mobilitie partners with cities and municipalities across the country to deploy next-generation small cell sites and other infrastructure that provides residents with enhanced mobile connectivity and wireless broadband access. The high-density wireless infrastructure is designed to enable the richest, most interactive mobile experiences including real-time video streaming, location-based services, social media and other mobile applications.
Mobilitie is headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif., and has regional offices across the United States and internationally. To learn more about our wireless coverage solutions, visit mobilitie.com.