ICYMI: TEP’s Collier weighs in on Austin’s need to support tech infrastructure expansion in the Austin American-Statesman
Between Austin City Limits, South by Southwest, and the many other local events hosted in Austin every year, our city is home to some of the most popular and widely attended festivals in the country. Each year when we welcome the crowds to Austin, our wireless communication infrastructure is severely taxed. But dropped calls, unsent texts and the inability to upload pictures and videos quickly are not necessary evils.
TEP Senior Advisor Chelsea McCullough Collier recently made a call for local government to establish processes that allow wireless providers to invest small cell technology to improve wireless capacity in Austin. Read on to hear more about her recommendations to ensure Austin is viewed as a leading tech hub for years to come.
Austin is at a crossroads. In the space where challenges, local policies and technology-based solutions intersect, the path forward is still foggy and the issues extend beyond ride-hailing. In just four months, tens of thousands of ACL festival-goers will arrive in Austin.
We welcome and appreciate these visitors and know we need to be prepared with plenty of transportation options. We must also recognize that a dense concentration of music lovers puts an enormous strain on our city’s wireless networks. On this front, we need for our city government to take deliberate action sooner rather than later, so that when the lights come up for ACL, Austin shines…Read More