Tom Struble, technology policy manager for Washington, D.C.-based R Street Institute, said that fixed wireless service looks to be a strong alternative to the expensive process of running fiber-optic cable to homes in out-of-the-way areas.
“It’s a good broadband solution for people who don’t have it,” he said. “It’s pretty typical of what you could get on your cell phone.”
And faster wireless services are coming. Tech experts anticipate that 5G technology will provide download speeds around 1 gigabit per second.
“Once you do this, you can roll it out incrementally,” Struble said. “If they can do this, then Alabama doesn’t have to waste taxpayers’ dollars installing fiber.”