With 5G technology quickly approaching, we’d like to give communities a refresher on the resources that Next Century Cities has available on 5G and small cell deployment.

Blog Posts

We published a guide to help municipalities navigate the FCC’s September 2018 small cell Order. Find it here.

We wrote a blog post about how the small cell Order moves money from communities and to wireless carriers. Find it here.

We published a 5G explainer on how cities can expect the next-generation technology to benefit their communities and how to prepare for it while maintaining local control. Read it on our blog here.

Tony Batalla, the head of Information Technology for the city of San Leandro, Calif., gave us a rundown of how cities can begin to prepare for 5G networks in his guest blog.

Antonia Graham, the Assistant to the City Manager and the Energy and Sustainability Manager at the City of Huntington Beach, Calif., wrote a guest blog on the best practices her city has used to achieve small cell deployment.

We released research with RVA LLC based on surveys with 176 local government employees about small cell deployments and smart city technologies. Check out our blog here, as well as our fact sheet and full research report.

Our mayors have consistently stood up for local control when it comes to 5G — check out the letter that 36 of our mayors signed for the FCC. Also, read our blog post about Mayor Gary Resnick of Wilton Manors, Fla., who defended local control to the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and Innovation.

We signed onto a letter to the FCC advocating for the current Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) rules that would promote 5G. You can find our blog post about it here.


Press Releases and Past Events

We hosted a Masterclass at Smart Cities Week Silicon Valley in May that detailed different models and best practices for 5G and small cell deployment. You can read our post about it here.

We had a 5G Webinar back in April with panelists discussing local control and the threat of state preemption. You can watch it here.

We presented a panel called “Small Cells, Big Opportunity: How Local Governments and Providers Can Lead The Way” at the INCOMPAS Show last April. Read our recap about it here.

Back in 2016, we held an event called Transforming Communities: Broadband Goals for 2017 and Beyond with the Schools Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition and US Ignite. There, we talked infrastructure, civic applications, and preparing for the next generation of networks. Watch the recorded event here and check out our recap.


Model Small Cell Agreements

Austin, Texas

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Huntington Beach, California (Mobilitie, AT&T)

San Jose, California

Seattle, Washington

Lincoln, Nebraska

Boston, Massachusetts

Los Angeles, California


Outside Resources

National League of Cities and National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA)’s Model Code for Municipalities provides a roadmap to assist local governments in adopting their own ordinances governing use of the rights of way by communications providers.

Blair Levin spoke at Next Century Cities’ 2018 regional broadband summit, Making Connections, on the importance of local decision-making. Watch his speech here.

Blair Levin spoke at the 2018 Kansas City Gigabit Summit on how cities and carriers can better prepare for and advance 5G technologies. Check out his remarks here.

Blair Levin also spoke at the Coalition for Local Internet Choice (CLIC) Conference on the power of cities to implement 5G technologies. Read his speech here.

Route Fifty, Venture Beat, Telecompetitor, POLITICO, and Broadcasting & Cable covered the letter that 36 of our cities’ mayors sent to the FCC in defense of local control for 5G deployment.

Broadband Communities Magazine also covered our mayors’ letter along with our research with RVA LLC on smart city technology and small cell deployment in this article. It also gave a rundown of some best practices for 5G deployment; you can check it out here.

CNX published an explainer on what small cells are and why they matter for smart city development.