Twitter has become a popular platform for our elected officials to announce key agenda items or raise awareness about important political issues. By simply adding a hashtag to a tweet, a message can proliferate across the country to help connected users stay apprised of policy priorities in real time. Twitter is just one example of the innovations that have cemented the United States as a global leader in tech, and economic and job opportunities created by this and countless other American innovations depend on a strong internet infrastructure.

While Twitter has played a vital role in raising the profile of the #5gReady campaign, the hashtag is part of a much greater effort to drive 5G infrastructure deployment. The hashtag was created by Brendan Carr, a commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), to raise awareness about the FCC’s upcoming changes to 5G wireless infrastructure. The changes were introduced as part of a recent Order, which will be voted on at the Commission’s Open Meeting this month, to streamline 5G wireless buildout requirements.

In a recent speech, Commissioner Carr outlined a few of the measures proposed in the FCC Order. In addition to reducing the obstacles to 5G infrastructure, the order will also allow for additional small cell deployment in areas with the greatest need for connectivity. Carr noted that small cell deployment could cut the costs of infrastructure buildout by 80 percent and reduce buildout timelines by about half. Adding small cell towers around the country will be an important tool to increase the density of the 5G network and better manage the traffic that will result from bringing more people, businesses, and innovations online.

The next generation of internet connectivity will pay huge dividends to the American workforce and open new opportunities for our country’s dynamic app developer community and internet of things (IoT) innovators. In our latest State of the App Economy report, we explore how the IoT ecosystem  impacts entire industries — even those unaffiliated with the tech sector. Apps provide the vital interface and “middleware” for IoT devices, and our members are driving new capabilities in connected healthcare devices, connected cars, precision farming, and more. With billions of IoT-related devices entering our market, we will need a variety of deployment schemes to manage network access and mitigate network congestion. Our networks will need to be supported by a myriad of spectrum bands and infrastructure that seamlessly work together. Failure to develop these resources will stunt the economic potential and consumer benefit from these innovations.

We firmly believe that in order to maintain America’s leadership in tech, we must also lead in 5G wireless deployment.

It’s no surprise that our nation’s internet infrastructure needs work. But if we work together to raise the national standard of a next generation 5G wireless infrastructure, we can help bridge the digital divide and give American developers, innovators, businesses, and individuals the resources they need to thrive, all while helping the United States maintain its global competitive edge. We support the FCC’s 5G efforts in their Order, and we are committed to contributing to this effort to ensure our country is #5gReady.