Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers signed into law the Senate Bill 239 this week, which creates a regulatory framework for the deployment of wireless equipment and facilities, facilitating the installation and expansion of 5G cellular technology in Wisconsin.
“Senate Bill 239 allows us to catch up with the rest of the Midwest by bringing 5G to Wisconsin,” said Gov. Evers. “This is an important step for investing and updating our infrastructure that will pave the way for the next generation of connectivity across our state.”
The new regulatory framework touches on rules that have provided impediments to small cell deployments, such as those governing rights-of-way; the permitting process, access to government structures and setback requirements for small cell poles.
Nick Williams of the Milwaukee Business Journal framed the legislation as key to Wisconsin’s ability to compete with other states and cities. Ookla ranks Milwaukee at No. 64 for mobile network performance with download speeds of 33.41 Mbps compared with midwestern neighbor Minneapolis, which ranks number one at 62.54 Mbps.
“As Milwaukee tries to make itself known to the rest of the world as an emerging tech hub, providing companies and technologists with the fastest internet speed available to download data in the city is a necessity,” he wrote.