Over the past few years, America’s wireless industry has built 5G networks across the country. What they’ve really built is even more powerful and important: a platform for economic growth and innovation that will create millions of jobs and help rebuild the U.S. economy.
A new Boston Consulting Group study released today brings to life what our 5G economy will unlock: roughly 4.5 million new jobs and $1.5 trillion in economic growth. This study confirms the significant benefits of 5G, today and for years to come.
Yahoo, part of Verizon Media, today launched its “Make Space for Black Voices” campaign to honor Black History Month. The programming includes a celebratory Yahoo logo in partnership with creative artist Janel Young, as well as new video series and on-air interviews celebrating Black changemakers, and a special livestream event featuring different industry leaders. Through an emphasis on e-commerce, the campaign will also spotlight Black-owned businesses with virtual pop-up shops, dedicated hubs, as well as articles and videos on Black owners, brands and products. The coverage will last throughout the year and build upon ongoing efforts by Yahoo to provide a platform for the important voices and issues of our time.
Today, Verizon urges a new government approach to help bridge the digital divide. The pandemic has made clear that broadband is critical to daily life and that a lack of connectivity can reinforce and widen educational and economic disparities.
Millions of Americans still lack access to broadband, can’t afford it, or don’t have the digital skills to use it. That needs to change. While Congress and the FCC have adopted policies to address the digital divide over the years and in recent emergency legislation, they don’t go far enough. The broadband gap is a persistent national problem that needs to be addressed in a comprehensive way.
Mobile telecommunications may be the most equalizing of technologies. Through competition, innovation, and market-led regulatory policies, mobile operators have been able to empower nearly every person on the earth with a device and connectivity. This has accomplished more in measurable quality of life than any government subsidy program. It is fitting that mobile operators are leading the discussion about the next level of empowerment through technology and market development.
Cough medicine, snacks, baking ingredients: Kelly Passek has shopping delivered weekly to her yard in Christiansburg, Virginia – by a drone.
The flying vehicle comes with little fuss, hovering briefly over her yard and letting down its package. “It’s very fast – even the noise you hear is no more than 30 seconds,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
For Darrin Thomas, supporting South Carolina’s African American-owned businesses is a top priority. Through his Columbia, SC-based business, Black Pages South, his mission is “to educate, to enlighten, and to empower the minority and the African American community.”
Black Pages South is an online network of small businesses, consumers, and corporate partners, and it promotes the efforts of minority businesses to help expand their reach and impact.
According to Darrin, connectivity is key, and 5G “equates to speed and accessibility,” which will have “a profound impact” on the businesses he helps to promote.
As he reflects on how his businesses has evolved over nearly 30 years as well as the challenges put forth by the global pandemic today, he notes that in order to realize the possibilities with 5G, “the enhancements and investments we make now, will really determine where and what we will look like.” To that end, he encourages policymakers to think about “where they want to be 20 years from now?”
To learn more about Black Pages South, click here; and to watch Darrin’s Faces of 5G video, click here.
Now that so many of us have become accustomed to working from home, one question that might come up is does 5G really matter anymore? After all, most people are probably connecting to the internet, and all of their work colleagues, with their in-home Wi-Fi via a broadband connection such as a cable modem. Why would they need a different type of fast wireless connection?
Here’s this week’s rundown of the top 5 stories of 5G news about emerging and innovative technologies. To follow the series, check back here every week and look out for #5Gin5 posts from @Facesof5G.
The Future with 5G — Innovators at 5G labs are developing next generation technologies that could reshape industries and solve problems. FastCo Works recently looked at a handful of innovative projects at Verizon’s 5G Labs, including a miniature humanoid robot that could aid in disaster response. The robot’s “eyes” transmit video data to its operator, who can adjust its movements to navigate debris or deliver supplies to victims before first responders can safely access the area. Read more here.
5G Driving New Tech Opportunities — About two-thirds of the cars that are manufactured today are connected cars. That number will continue to grow, but IT Pro says that’s “just the start of things to come.” Up next is vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication, and 5G will be a driver in that. James Mallinson, BMW’s Head of Development for Vehicle Connectivity and Mobile Communications, says, “Ultimately, when it comes to road safety, there are no competitors, only partners. By sharing traffic data and implementing V2X connectivity, we can directly improve the automotive experience for road users everywhere.” Read more here.
AI Capabilities Tested by 5G— The U.S. Department of Defense is funding an AI system by Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) that will enable companies to share 5G cellular spectrum. Using AI will help determine the optimal use of spectrum each millisecond and understand 5G’s role in testing AI capabilities. Read more here.
New Era Brought by 5G —Tech author and engineer Trevor English posed the question: Will 5G bring about a new era? In short, his answer is yes. He says, “5G is a wireless network infrastructure exponentially better than anything we’ve ever seen before. Businesses will be able to have access to anything they need from a tech perspective without massive barriers to entry. 5G will allow AI and predictive learnings to thrive from anywhere, meaning predictive maintenance and truly useful IoT. … Of course, reality will likely be more grounded, but since 5G provides so much potential, who’s to say that the future won’t start getting a lot more exciting?” Read more here.
Smart Classrooms Boosted by 5G — COVID-19 forced classrooms to move online and exposed gaps in virtual learning. 5G, paired with AR and VR, would transform lesson plans and create new learning experiences. “The experiences it can provide – such as virtually witnessing endangered species of plant life in Madagascar – can ultimately change the way students think, engage with the world and tackle problems,” says Ryan McLaughlin, a Senior Economist and Research Analyst at the Information and Communications Technology Council of Canada (ICTC). Read more here.
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