NYers for 5G was formed to educate residents, businesses and decision makers about the importance of next-generation connectivity and advocate for policies that facilitate its success across the state. Members of this coalition are united in their belief that a reliable, robust and high-speed wireless network is paramount to helping the New York economy recover while supporting and improving health, education, public safety, and so much more.
5G is the next generation of wireless connectivity, made possible through a combination of technologies that require infrastructure investment across the state. Once fully implemented, 5G will provide faster connectivity for our digital and mobile devices and increase the speed at which we can access online resources like website, video streaming and other services.
Overall, 5G will deliver service that is at least 20 times faster with the ability to connect 100 times the number of devices compared to the current 4G standard.
Connecting more devices at higher speeds has become even more important amid the Covid-19 crisis, which has further increased our reliance on wireless technology to stay engaged with our friends, our doctors, our jobs and our children’s schools, just to name a few.
By significantly increasing the speed of digital video and data transmission services, 5G makes it easier for patients to connect with doctors and other healthcare professionals.
5G-driven telehealth networks will play a crucial role in delivering healthcare services to underserved communities – and they have become even more important as the Covid-19 pandemic requires us to find new ways to receive medical care and advice while maintaining social distancing whenever possible.
5G will revolutionize education for students, teachers and parents alike by dramatically improving communication, reducing download times and facilitating the use of new, state-of the-art technologies in all kinds of digital classrooms.
As Covid-19 has forced K-12 school systems, colleges and universities across the state to transition to remote learning models, it has unfortunately put a new spotlight on a digital divide that slows down students who lack access to high-speed connectivity. New Yorkers agree that low-income or minority students should not be left behind because all students deserve equal access to digital and remote learning tools.
Now is the time to use the power of 5G to keep all students and their families connected to the digital resources they needed.
80 percent of 9-1-1 calls today are placed from a wireless device, making reliable service more important than ever before. 5G will deliver more reliable digital access to emergency services provided by police officers, firefighters, and first responders and improve outcomes across New York.
The faster systems provided by 5G enable first responders to access enhanced location data for 9-1-1 calls, send video or pictures to their command centers in real time via wireless devices, which can help save lives. They also help first responders to navigate more quickly onsite with wireless access to building drawings or other critical information within seconds of a request.
New Yorkers care about arming first responders with more of the high-tech tools they need to keep us safe – and implementing 5G connectivity will make that possible.
Up to half of Americans were working from home as a result of the near-national lockdown put in place in an effort to reduce transmission of the novel coronavirus. That’s more than double the number who telecommuted – at least occasionally – in 2017-18. Experts are predicting that the percentage of those working from home will be higher even after stay-at-home orders are loosened or lifted.
Roughly three-quarters of American adults have broadband access at home, but access is significantly lower among minorities, seniors and residents in low-income and rural communities. Roughly one-in-five adults – particularly minorities, low-income individuals and young adults - across the U.S. are smartphone only users, which means they rely on their wireless handheld devices for online access.
Research has indicated that telecommuting can improve productivity. Moreover, New Yorkers need a reliable network that can handle large amounts of data quickly without the threat of freezing or crashing – and 5G will make it happen.
Overall, the broad implementation of 5G is expected to generate 3 million new jobs, $500 billion in GDP growth and $275 billion in investments nationwide. Here in New York, it is expected to generate more than 193,000 wireless-related jobs and nearly $28.2 billion in economic growth over the next five years.
Bringing highspeed wireless networks to New York will also help small businesses, which the governor and other key policy makers has long recognized are the backbone of our economy, employing over half of the private sector workforce. Ensuring these businesses have full cellular coverage and access to high-speed broadband service will level the playing field and enable them to better compete in the global marketplace.
Technology and public health experts agree that 5G will deliver the benefits of high-speed connectivity in a safe and secure manner. Numerous authorities, including as the American Cancer Society, the World Health Organization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have all made it clear that 5G transmissions are safe and do not pose any risks for adverse health outcomes. When discussing the safety of 5G technology, it is crucial to focus on data – not false claims.