DES MOINES, Iowa, May 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T1 joined Governor Terry Branstad today as he signed into law a new measure to streamline and standardize rules that will accelerate the deployment of small cell technology, helping pave the way for the next generation of high-speed wireless services in Iowa. Small cell technology is an integral building block for 5G connectivity, the future of wireless broadband.
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 needing additional capacity in a way that is low profile and unobtrusive.
Small cells will enable faster wireless Internet speeds, provide more and targeted network capacity for things like streaming movies or music, lay the foundation for technologies of the future – such as 5G, smart cities and connected cars and tractors.
"Iowans deserve the benefits of high-speed broadband and its positive impacts on the economy, schools, hospitals and health care," said Ben Hammes, communications director for Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds. "This new law will remove obstacles to broadband wireless investment, help bring better wireless service to consumers and position Iowa for a prosperous economic future."
"The Iowa legislature, Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds have once again shown their leadership in giving Iowa forward-looking policy that will simplify and accelerate the deployment of next-generation, high-speed wireless infrastructure across the state," said Brian Waller, president of the Technology Association of Iowa. "This law will pave the way for advanced capabilities and give Iowa's technology community the ability to innovate and develop new services that will boost our state's economy."
"Thanks to our state legislature, Governor Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds, we now have rules in place that will allow us to more quickly deploy small cell technology, aggressively pursue a path to standards based 5G and bring Iowans the benefits of super-fast, next generation wireless broadband," said Dustin Blythe, director External Affairs, AT&T Iowa.
AT&T has invested nearly $150 million in its Iowa wireless and wired networks during 2014-2016. These investments drive a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for Iowa consumers and businesses. They also enhance critical services that support public safety and first responders.
In 2016, AT&T made more than 350 wireless network upgrades in Iowa. These upgrades include the addition of new cell sites as well as adding network capacity to existing cell sites. Following the passage of the recent small cell legislation, AT&T will continue its investment in Iowa with additional upgrades.
In 2017, for the third year in a row, FORTUNE magazine recognized AT&T as the Most Admired Telecommunications Company in the world. We also placed #37 among the Top 50 World's Most Admired companies. This is our third year in a row on the Top 50 list – AT&T is the only communications company on the list.
We ranked #1 in all 9 attributes. This included innovation, financial soundness and quality of products/services. FORTUNE's Most Admired Companies lists are among the most highly respected indicators of corporate performance and reputation.
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