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NEW YORK, NY –– A wide range of business groups, trade associations and other organizations have come together to launch New Yorkers for 5G – a broad coalition focused on bringing next-generation wireless services to residents throughout all corners of the state. Millions of New Yorkers rely on their wireless devices, and that number is growing daily. The need to ensure that everyone has the ability to get online, regardless of their income level or where they live, has never been greater. Reliable and rapid connectivity is crucial when it comes to accessing a wide array of services, particularly telehealth and remote learning – two areas that have become critical to residents across the state in recent months. 

At a time when New York is focused on the path to economic recovery, the statewide implementation of 5G is expected to generate more than 193,000 wireless-related jobs in New York and nearly $28.2 billion in economic growth across the state over the next five years.

That is why New Yorkers for 5G is promoting the benefits of next-generation wireless service with a new website – NYersFor5G.com – and a new push to build statewide momentum.

With the coronavirus forcing New Yorkers to do more virtually, millions are recognizing the need for online access in order to obtain services, conduct business, attend classes and even socialize. As the state looks to build back stronger, smarter and safer, this new coalition will focus on highlighting how 5G, once fully implemented, will be able to: 

  • Increase the speed of digital video and data transmission services.
  • Revolutionize education for students, teachers, and parents alike by facilitating the emergence of the digital classroom.
  • Facilitate better health care outcomes and improve access through telehealth services.
  • Strengthen public safety tools for New York’s first responders.
  • Increase telecommuting capabilities.
  • Help close the digital divide that is particularly acute in rural and minority communities.

“Expanding access to high-speed digital service will drive efforts to rebuild New York’s economy and transform the lives of millions of underserved residents,” said Sam Spokony, spokesperson for New Yorkers for 5G. “We look forward to spreading the word about the power of 5G and helping to get more New Yorkers connected than ever before.”

“NYers for 5G is an opportunity to ensure everyone can participate in the digital economy,” said Clayton Banks, CEO, Silicon Harlem. “Greater connectivity will advance equity, which is the defining measure of a great city and the appropriate way to serve our collective public interest.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted just how essential telehealth is and will continue to be,” said Bea Grause, RN, JD, president, Healthcare Association of New York State. “Expanded 5G wireless service will allow more New Yorkers statewide to safely and conveniently access important healthcare services.”

“The COVID-19 crisis has shown us how essential equitable access to digital technology is for our region’s social and economic health. It’s critical that we create an environment where public, private and community partners can work together to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to fast, reliable and affordable digital networks,” said Melissa Kaplan-Macey, Vice President, State Programs & Connecticut Director at the Regional Plan Association.

“Covid-19 has shown that we need high-speed digital service to help with the delivery of healthcare and education.” said Mike Oates, President and CEO, Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation. “We cannot let NY be at a competitive disadvantage versus other states. For New York to reboot its economy we need to expand our 5G capabilities throughout the state.”

“As America’s first and only nationwide 5G network, T-Mobile is proud to partner with NYers for 5G to bring the benefits of this next-generation connectivity to all New Yorkers. With 5G, we can bridge the digital divide, improve public safety, and foster innovation across business and the public sector,” said Jane Builder, Principal Manager Network Advocacy, Northeast Region, T-Mobile.

As New Yorkers for 5G continues to quickly build and expand its membership, initial coalition members include:

  • Association for a Better New York
  • Crown Castle
  • Healthcare Association of New York State
  • Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
  • Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporation
  • Long Island Association
  • Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
  • New York Building Congress
  • New York State Economic Development Council
  • New York State Wireless Association
  • NY Tech Alliance
  • Queens Chamber of Commerce
  • Mayor Clyde Rabideau, Village of Saranac Lake
  • Regional Plan Association
  • Silicon Harlem
  • T-Mobile
  • Westchester County Association

New Yorkers for 5G looks forward to making additional announcements in the coming weeks about new members, important information about 5G service and next steps for bringing high-speed connectivity throughout all corners of the state.

About New Yorkers for 5G

New Yorkers 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 around the state. Its members represent a broad array of businesses, organizations and individuals from every corner of the Empire State. To learn more, visit NYersFor5G.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Media Contact: Sam Spokony 845-536-4767 sam@marathonstrategies.com