TRENTON, NJ -- With many adults working from home and students online learning, a family's network has been paramount during the recent coronavirus pandemic.  Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-Mercer, Middlesex) stressed on Tuesday the importance of improving New Jersey's internet service.  He also called for the implementation of statewide regulations that would make it easier for telecommunication companies to establish 5G networks throughout the state.

"Over the past few months, New Jerseyans have had to do everything from job assignments and school lessons to doctor's appointments and personal communication over the internet," said DeAngelo, who serves at chairman of the Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee.

"That has proven to be challenging for many of our residents, with the slow and often unequal access to internet service depending on where they live. We must make sure everyone has the ability to access quality wireless technology both during and after the need for social distancing."

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DeAngelo is a sponsor of legislation Assembly Bill 1116 (A-1116) that would standardize regulations for the deployment of small wireless facilities as opposed to leaving it up to individual municipalities to implement.

The legislation would grant wireless providers access to the right-of-way in order to install 5G technology on existing infrastructure, such as utility poles, in order to ensure quality coverage all around New Jersey.

Enhanced 5G coverage would improve cell phone service as well as the download and upload speeds of a user's internet service through its next-generation technology.

DeAngelo's committee reviewed the measure during the prior legislative session where numerous telecommunication companies and other related stakeholders offered their input and provided support for the legislation.

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