Illinois Senate Democrats

04/12/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/12/2018 14:53

New Link law paves way for 5G wireless in Illinois

Thursday, April 12, 2018 03:34 PM

SPRINGFIELD - A measure from Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills) that will make Illinois a leader in wireless technology advancements and create 100,000 new Illinois jobs was signed into law today.

'As technology continues to advance and smartphone data use continues to increase, it's important that we have the infrastructure in place to support those advancements,' Link said. 'This measure will help ensure a smooth transition to 5G and allow Illinois to stay at the forefront of new wireless technology.'

Over seven years, full 5G deployment and small cell projects will:

  • Create nearly 100,000 new jobs in Illinois
  • Include $8.9 billion in network investments
  • Allow Illinoisans to contact 9-1-1 via text, and eventually video
  • Provide consumers with faster download speeds and improved call quality
  • Help attract new businesses to the state

'Illinois businesses rely on fast wireless networks to stay connected to their employees and customers,' Link said. 'Updating our network technology will help bring new employers to the state.'

5G wireless technology utilizes small cell transmitters on existing utility poles in communities throughout the state, which have been overseen by a patchwork of local regulations. Senate Bill 1451 cuts the red tape and streamlines the process so consumers can gain access to the fastest technology possible.