Smart cities need smart regulation

Aside from the promise of fundamentally changing the way we live and work, the enabling technology for 5G, the internet of things and use cases like smart cities have something else in common: the need for extensive deployment of wireless infrastructure. But, as it stands, a combination of inconsistent regulatory regimes–many that treat tiny small cells or rooftop antennas exactly the same as macro tower builds–and NIMBYism based on the disparate desire for improved telecom services with no aesthetic impact from hardware are working in tandem to slow the pace of builds and driving up capital and operating expenses. Something has got to give, Wireless Infrastructure Association President Jonathan Adelstein told attendees, many government officials, to the recent Smart Cities Week conference in Washington D.C.


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