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Hershman: Bill to Prepare Indiana for Future Investment Passes General Assembly

STATEHOUSE (April 21, 2017) – A bill authored by State Sen. Brandt Hershman (R-Buck Creek) that would prepare the state for future telecommunication investments passed the General Assembly today and will now move to the governor.

Senate Enrolled Act 213, which would prevent local ordinances from imposing excessive limitations on small-cell technology, is the next step in providing broad wireless coverage across Indiana.

“Mobile data usage has skyrocketed since 2010, increasing by 2,387 percent,” Hershman said. “Industry experts say the future of meeting the increased demand lies within small-cell technology, and this bill paves the way for the installation of this infrastructure across the state.”

Right now, Indianapolis is one of only two cities where 5G is being piloted. According to a recent Root Metrics report, Indianapolis ranks No. 1 out of the nation’s 125 most populated cities in cellular network performance.

Though wireless companies have mostly been able to keep up with the demand, there are certain areas where networks have become congested.

“5G technology will increase speeds by up to 100 times, and in order for this technology to benefit consumers and citizens, our cities and towns need to be ready for the new infrastructure,” Hershman said. “Locals, however, will be able to regulate the small boxes for health and safety concerns and historic preservation.”

Hershman added that according to Ball State University, his previous legislative efforts that deregulated the telecommunications industry in Indiana have resulted in billions of dollars of investment in the state.

SB 213 will now move to the governor’s desk for final consideration.


For a photo of Sen. Hershman, click here.

Contact: Molly Swigart, Press Secretary