Sacramento leads in California as wireless demo city – Joins Verizon to pilot 5G services to customers



By Maria MacGunigal, CIO at City of Sacramento
By Maria MacGunigal, CIO at City of Sacramento

City of Sacramento announces the first in a series of game changing demonstration initiatives that will drive forward the City as a thriving diverse community that leverages new technologies to improve quality of life for all. This new innovative pilot with Verizon will be among the first in the nation to deliver super high speed wireless connectivity to the internet for Sacramento residents.

Verizon will begin offering 5G to pilot customers in the City of Sacramento during the first half of 2017. Verizon will also be running pilots in the following metropolitan areas: Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Bernardsville (NJ), Brockton (MA), Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Sacramento, Seattle and Washington, D.C. This is an important step in providing gigabit broadband service to homes and offices via a wireless 5G connection.

This pilot is part of a much broader push by the City to develop policy and streamlined processes to leverage emerging technologies and create public-private partnerships to help provide services more efficiently, meet community needs, and reduce resource consumption. Early initiatives such as this show the potential for public-private partnership to foster key quality of life improvements across sectors.

The City recognizes that it alone cannot solve all the problems of the City in isolation, the City seeks to work with outside innovators like Verizon and other external entities for the purpose of rapid deployment that maximizes strategic value to the community.

This is a very exciting and the first of many to come! Sacramento continues its emergence as a leader and innovator with this latest partnership with Verizon. This pilot program is one of the first practical implementations of 5G in the nation.

It is this type of innovation that will enable residents to experience gigabit speeds that were previously only available via costly fiber. Technologies like 5G promise to revolutionize the daily lives of people in ways that we can only speculate on now!

The City plays an important role and is actively working to streamline the development processes and effectively and efficiently pave the way for innovators like Verizon to implement technologies that will drive economic vitality, server our diverse communities, and forward the mission of the City for all.