Why this is important: the Digital Inclusion Fund was established a year ago as part of negotiations with 5G suppliers interested in building small-scale antennas on urban infrastructure. A portion of the leasing revenue collected by telecommunications companies goes to the Fund – as well as considerable private funds – to connect unserved residents. The carrier added: „For example, AT-T has proposed a recurring cost-based fee to place small cells on urban structures for less than $50. The pricing structure in the San Jose agreement is up to $2500 per site. If conservative industry forecasts estimate that 800,000 small cell bets will be 800,000 by 2026, San Jose`s tariff structure would gradually cost about $2 billion for nationwide application to cities, which would inevitably lead to less widespread use of small cells in communities across the country. Representatives from San Jose are also discussing the agreement with other cities and network operators on similar agreements. „We are talking to a number of small cell companies in San Jose,“ Santosham said. „We hope that our rentals – which are now published on the @FCC website – can serve as a model for other American cities,“ tweeted San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. San Jose is a major city in the world of 5G.
AT-T and Verizon released this month both press releases on their plans for the city. Both are 5G, small cells and smart cities. ATT is focusing more on 5G and Verizon on smart cities. In any case, small cells will be important for the initiatives of both institutions. In a telephone conversation with reporters last week, officials across the country said the FCC`s orders for the use of small cells would amount to a federal overload and created land grabbing by telecommunications companies. Given its current coverage, digital equity „is not so far ahead,“ McHenry said. „I`m basically thinking for myself, my concern is, I want to get better cell phone coverage in Santa Rosa.“ About six months ago, Verizon launched facilities and applications for approximately 70 small cells in Santa Rosa, including about 40 on Pacific Gas-Electric masts and about 30 for urban light standards.