Enabling opportunities: 5G, the internet of things, and communities of color

Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution

01/23/2019 - 11:00 to 12:15

Fifth-generation (5G) mobile networks are expected to be the next big leap in mobile broadband. Peak download speeds as high as 20 gigabits-per-second will enable specialized tasks like remote precision medicine, connected cars, virtual and augmented reality, and a wide array of internet of things (IoT) applications. Further, 5G will be a determining factor in whether or not mobile-dependent users fully partake in the global digital economy, especially as smartphones, cell phones, and other wireless-enabled devices become the only gateway to the internet for certain populations. Communities of color, who are often on the wrong side of the digital divide, are poised to benefit from 5G technologies, especially in its enablement of IoT applications in health care, education, transportation, and energy.

A discussion on the relationship between 5G networks and IoT applications, with an emphasis on how it stands to benefit communities of color. Panelists will discuss why smartphone access and use matters to communities of color and explore how access to affordable and nationwide next-generation mobile networks can broaden the opportunities available to vulnerable populations.

After the session, speakers will take audience questions.

Opening Remarks

Marie Sylla-Dixon

Vice President, Federal Government and External Affairs - T-Mobile USA

Paper Presentation

Nicol Turner Lee

Fellow - Governance Studies,Center for Technology Innovation



Nicol Turner Lee

Fellow - Governance Studies,Center for Technology Innovation

Doug Brake

Director, Broadband and Spectrum Policy - Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Donald Cravins, Jr.

Senior Vice President for Policy; Executive Director of the Washington Bureau -National Urban League

Mark Hugo Lopez

Director, Global Migration and Demography - Pew Research Center

Michael Mandel

Chief Economic Strategist -Progressive Policy Institute


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