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HONORS 2019 Celebrates Wireless for Good

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HONORS 2019 brought together wireless industry leaders and policymakers to honor wireless technology as a force for public good.

Over 300 attendees gathered at La Vie at District Wharf in Washington, D.C. on May 15 to recognize the public officials who have helped the wireless industry to flourish and to celebrate the life-changing potential of wireless technology.

This year, the impact of 5G, the next-generation of wireless, was emphasized throughout the event’s program. Speakers and honorees spotlighted 5G’s ability to transform American communities.

CTIA Wireless Foundation honored three individuals at the 2019 event: FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr accepted the Mobile Life Award, and Senators Cory Gardner and Maggie Hassan each received the Wireless Champion Award.

“Tonight, the wireless industry comes together to recognize how mobility improves American lives. We also honor the key leaders who make all of this possible,” said CTIA Wireless Foundation President Meredith Attwell Baker. “HONORS is a celebration. A celebration of how people and communities use wireless to make their lives better.”

HONORS is a celebration. A celebration of how people and communities use wireless to make their lives better.
CTIA Wireless Foundation President Meredith Attwell Baker

Baker also highlighted that with the rollout of 5G, the Foundation is embarking on an exciting new chapter, led by new Executive Director Dori Kreiger.

“Dori brings vast experience in philanthropy,” said Baker. “We are very fortunate to have her leading our effort.”

Baker also recognized the night’s honorees, beginning with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr, who has been a 5G champion. Thanks to Carr’s commitment to infrastructure reform, new federal small cell rules preserve local control while providing the certainty necessary to incentivize wireless investment.

Carr is also committed to preparing the next generation of workers, and supporting life-changing telehealth initiatives.

“I’m really proud of the work we have done at the FCC to help more Americans benefit from 5G, and the connectivity next generation networks will enable,” said Carr after accepting the 2019 Mobile Life Award.

The Foundation then recognized its 2019 Wireless Champion Award honorees.

Senator Cory Gardner has been a driving force to make sure more Americans benefit from the power of connectivity and is at the forefront of the nation’s spectrum policy, pushing the Administration and the FCC to unleash the spectrum the U.S. needs to compete globally.

“We have a lot of work to do, we can’t linger in the race to 5G,” said Gardner. “We win the race to 5G with policies that allow us to free up mid-band spectrum.”

Senator Maggie Hassan has been a champion of promoting greater broadband infrastructure deployment and the need for a spectrum pipeline to help the U.S. lead in 5G.

Hassan has also been a leader in making the government more responsive to consumers through the Connected Government Act, ensuring federal agencies can be accessed on mobile devices.

“A strong telecommunications infrastructure is critical to encouraging innovation, strengthening our economy and equipping people with resources that can help them thrive in areas like education, healthcare and more,” said Hassan.

The program also included remarks from David Nash, Qualcomm’s President of North America.

“What’s truly exciting is that we’re no longer talking about when 5G will be here. It’s already here,” said Nash.

Qualcomm, the evening’s Presenting Sponsor, also showcased the speed and capability of 5G through two demos. Event attendees experienced next-generation networks through a simulation of 5G NR mmWave indoor deployment and a 5G user capacity experience.

CTIA Wireless Foundation is grateful for the industry experts and policymakers who came together to celebrate wireless as a force for good. A special thank you to the event’s sponsors for making it all possible.

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