“The demand for wireless is rising, and the race is on to the 5G platform and the use of ‘small cells’ to augment traditional cell towers,” according to AT&T’s Andy Feeny, WVSAE’s February speaker.

Feeny said 38% of West Virginia households are currently wireless only, and network capacity must be upgraded.  Both fiber and power attach from the tower to the landline network.  He anticipates $50 million of infrastructure investment in the next five years and that it must address capacity issues as people do more on their devices.

“This technology won’t serve currently unserved areas,” he said, adding that the network is constantly expanding.

Bills addressing the “small cell” issue in the 2019 Legislature include Senate Bill 3 and House Bill 2005.

We thank the Holiday Inn & Suites Charleston West for hosting the February meeting!