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Maryland’s legislature is unlikely to take steps that would make it easier for telecommunications firms to erect 5G towers around the state — despite the industry’s complaints that counties and municipalities are slowing the arrival of the next generation of wireless technology.

The next-generation mobile capability will greatly advance telemedicine services, speed 911 response, and assist small business owners and telecommuters, industry representatives told the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday.

But the faster 5G networks require a new set of towers, and that process has been slow because, to build them, carriers must navigate a patchwork of county and municipal regulations that can take years.

Although 5G towers are shorter than traditional cell towers, they must be located closer to where mobile customers live, work and drive.

Click here to read the rest of the article written by Bruce DePuyt over at Maryland Matters