Did you know that nearly 12% of households in Maryland rely on their wireless handheld devices for online access, meaning they don’t have a home, wireline connection? Robust mobile networks are key to ensuring these families are able to participate in the digital economy. Furthermore, Maryland has much to gain from the buildout of 5G networks. CTIA estimates that constructing 5G will generate $21.4 billion in GDP and more than 62,000 new jobs in the next ten years. MD5G is committed to growing wireless connectivity in Maryland to prepare for future innovative technologies through education, advocacy, and community engagement.
Miller, Miller & Canby represents and advocates for many telecommunications clients and residents working to advance the 5G infrastructure in Montgomery County and the State of Maryland. We recommend that businesses and residents consider joining the MD5G Partnership, a statewide partnership of individuals, businesses, community leaders, and non-profits that support creating more connected communities through communications infrastructure and 5G—the next-generation of connectivity.
• Showcase your organization’s logo on the MD5G website
• Highlight your organization’s efforts as they relate to connectivity
• Benefit from MD5G sharing timely updates and calls to action with you, as well as periodic newsletters
• Participate in bi-annual calls to help shape MD5G’s agenda and build consensus around priorities
• Work with MD5G on advocacy or educational initiatives (i.e., letters to the editor, Legislative Days, quotes in press releases, educational forums, etc.)
According to MM&C Telecommunications Attorney Sean Hughes, “the need to expedite wireless technology infrastructure approvals to support 5G services is important throughout the great State of Maryland. This need is especially crucial in Montgomery County, where our office has resided for over 75 years and many of our clients live and work. In recent years Montgomery County has fallen behind many nearby jurisdictions that have approved hundreds of small telecommunications cells in order to supply the latest and greatest wireless connectivity, including 5G.”
How MM&C Telecommunications Land Use Attorneys Can Help
The telecommunications land use attorneys at Miller, Miller & Canby are experienced in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia assisting cell tower companies, wireless carriers, and property owners in processing conditional use applications and other land use/zoning entitlement applications relating to the FCC order as well as State and local governments small cell legislation.
Sean P. Hughes is an attorney in Miller, Miller & Canby’s Land Use practice group. His career spans more than two decades of focus in zoning and wireless telecommunications and he has represented clients in land use and zoning matters throughout Metropolitan Washington, D.C. To learn more about the firm’s Telecommunications practice, click here.