The fate of the Open Internet Order, also known as net neutrality, consumes much of the technology policy oxygen in Washington, DC. But the future of wireless broadband is surprisingly also contingent on seemingly mundane policy reforms now being debated in state legislatures across the country. States that act are likely to be first in the race to deploy 5G wireless networks and will thus reap the social and economic benefits.
The early leaders are Arizona, Colorado, and Indiana, which have already enacted laws to streamline the deployment of the new networks. But why would states have any role at all? Let’s take a step back.