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Verizon Wireless sues City of Rochester over 5G rollout

Verizon Wireless sues City of Rochester over 5G rollout Photo: MGN Image.

August 12, 2019 02:58 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Verizon Wireless is suing the City of Rochester over its regulations of the 5G rollout.

Verizon is in the process of upgrading its network, which is meant to bring faster wireless internet speeds and better cell phone reception.

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The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court, claims the city is violating federal law with its newly adopted telecommunications code.

Back in February, the city adjusted fees, established new procedures and requirements and sought to avoid the bulky 5G nodes littering streets. The city’s code includes imposing registration and installation fees for both “aerial” and “underground” installations. 

Verizon wants to prevent the city from enforcing certain provisions of its code. 

According to the lawsuit, "5G networks are up to 100 times faster than 4G networks and have very low latency (transmission delay), which permits the offering of a wide range of innovative services. Wireless providers are projected to invest $275 billion over the next decade in next-generation wireless infrastructure deployments, which is estimated to generate three million new jobs and boost the nation’s GDP by half a trillion dollars." 

City officials released the following statement Monday regarding the lawsuit:

“The City of Rochester is dedicated to ensuring its infrastructure is protected and maintained to benefit taxpayers. Other communications providers are complying with the law while building out their networks and paying the necessary fees. These fees are comparable to what other cities required. The City is confident in our position against this frivolous lawsuit. We will have no further comment on pending litigation.”

Click here to read the lawsuit in its entirety.

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