Market Research Report
Overcoming Opposition to 5G Deployment: Corporate and Community Strategies to Drive Implementation with Technology Assessment and Market Outlook
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|Overcoming Opposition to 5G Deployment: Corporate and Community Strategies to Drive Implementation with Technology Assessment and Market Outlook|
|Published: February 27, 2019||Content info:||
Despite the many anticipated communications benefits of fifth generation (5G) cellular, a very vocal minority of municipalities and local leaders are opposed to 5G deployment for reasons ranging from aesthetics and health concerns to local government rights and corporate overreach. 5G pundits include the wireless carrier ecosystem as well as independent consultants espousing primarily the economic benefits of 5G capabilities including new feature functionality enabled by substantially greater bandwidth and much lower latency.
Many misconceptions and unanswered questions remain roadblocks for municipal acceptance of 5G. Furthermore, some local governments have concerns over aggressive timelines postulated for 5G deployment. A general lack of acceptance exists with a very vocal minority while the majority of the public is not engaged, which does not necessarily equate to disinterest but rather lack of community involvement. However, certain municipalities, such as Marin County, California have brought together enough support to change the course of 5G deployment plans, which otherwise would have proceeded without dealing with public concerns. The California county successfully took a stand with other public agencies against a federal ruling for 5G deployment.
The local government have engaged in a communications and information sharing initiative. They have conducted community surveys with instructive findings such as 52 percent of respondents expressing at least moderate concern about the upgrades to wireless communication devices and exposure to electromagnetic fields. They also developed a webpage to provide useful information to the public such as "...5G antennas are generally smaller in size (each antenna equivalent to the size of a tool cabinet) and have a more limited coverage area of less than 1,000 feet, meaning they are most effective where there is a line of sight between the antenna and the user or another antenna".
Marin has also stated some of their concerns very clearly on the webpage including "The FCC's actions placed new limits on state and local government's regulatory authority over small wireless infrastructure located within the public rights of way, established limits on the amount of fees that can be charged for use of publicly owned utility poles for the installation of telecommunications equipment (such as antennae) as well as the amount of fees that can be charged for the review of telecommunications facilities". In January 2019, the county conducted a workshop with the intention to discuss the emerging issues associated with a federal ruling and provide direction to staff about potential amendments to the County's policies and regulations.
In a more rural county in the state of Washington, Clallam County, a Planning Commission has held public meetings. In a recent meeting, one hundred percent of speakers from the public voiced concerns about 5G with most associated with health-related uses due to concern about millimeter wave (mmWave) RF signals. Health officials indicated concern over how mmWave could disrupt cells within the body. Some voice concerns about mmWave being used as a tool for crowd control by the government, underscoring public misunderstanding about high-power microwave vs. low-power cellular signals.
This report will help the reader better understand the issues and identify strategies for collaboration between the wireless carrier ecosystem and local leaders. The report will enable the reader to develop effective strategies for engagement to gain support for 5G deployment and operations. This includes engaging municipalities and civic leaders about 5G economic and quality of life benefits. Additional insights from our primary research along with recommendations are found in the report. The report is intended for both sides of the issue as both local leaders and corporate interests will use it to better engage the other party. The report will also help the reader better understand 5G technology and capabilities.
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