Today, more than ever, governments at all levels are taking control of their digital future by creating frameworks around responsible wireless and broadband development. Numerous state and federal funding sources have become available to municipalities that would not normally have the budgeted resources needed to develop this infrastructure within their communities. Once developed, this will allow communities to educate, work from home and entice economic development based on these broadband capabilities. These wireless infrastructure developments create alternative revenue sources through wireless lease revenue. These assets could include cell tower leases, fiber leases, small cell facilities, rooftop wireless installations, water tank wireless installations together with additional revenue from towers currently utilized for government communications.
The location and aesthetics of these networks are critical to the acceptance of these assets within the community. It is critical to implement telecommunications and broadband zoning and wireless facility permitting processes in place ensuring options and availability to high-speed internet access.
Local governments can use their newly developed wireless and broadband infrastructure to improve public safety, access to education, and health care services. By taking control of their wireless and broadband development, local governments can ensure that their citizens have equal access to the resources they need to live and thrive in their local communities. A comprehensive broadband plan should include the availability of minimum broadband speeds, reliability, multiple provider options and affordability for all residents.