VIKOR leaders met with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, Mayor TenHaken, and Senator Thune's staff to visit a 5G Small Cell site in downtown Sioux Falls, SD. Conversations focused on the impact that communities such as Sioux Falls have had on the progress of 5G by acting as early adopters and providing friendly regulatory structure and incentives to carriers.
“Sioux Falls is pretty remarkable, back in 2019 when so many other big cities in this country were lagging behind when it came to 5G or small cells, Mayor TenHaken put into place a regulatory structure that incentivized providers to come to Sioux Falls to build out,” Brendan Carr, FCC Commissioner, said.
According to Carr, Sioux Falls has been used as an example for installing more 5G cells across the country.
“What we’ve done at the federal level is we’ve taken the regulatory structure that the mayor’s put in place here in Sioux Falls and we effectively nationalized it,” Carr said.
VIKOR CEO, Craig Snyder credits several regulators for their work behind the scenes, including Thune, TenHaken, and former FCC Chair Ajit Pai. Thanks to their work, he explained, “Sioux Falls became a test bed for the roll out of Verizon’s Ultra Wideband 5G technology over three years ago. Today, we celebrated this success brought to the businesses and citizens of Sioux Falls.” He gave kudos to Carr, adding that “no one has been a better ambassador for expanding wireless technology and the workforce that builds it.”
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