A chance to speed up 5G cell service in the Brazos Valley

Historically, cellphone networks were built-out in urban areas and along significant highways.

Madison, Brazos, Robertson and Milam counties are strategically located in Central Texas. Let's collectively use our local segment of the proposed I-14 for getting 5G built-out as quickly as possible between I-45 and I-35.

Instead of gaps in service, seamless communications capabilities are needed along this "forts to ports" thoroughfare. With precious few new interstates under construction, this is a great opportunity to develop best practices blending old and new transportation and communications corridors.

Texas A&M, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Texas A&M-Central Texas, TEEX, TSTC, Blinn, AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, etc., might join forces with various local governments. Use this four-county stretch of new highway as a laboratory. Develop a template that could be used in other parts of America.

The Trump Administration and the Federal Communications Commission recently announced a 10-year, $20.4 billion Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. Let's work together regionally to use some of that money to improve local communications capabilities.

5G is important to us personally as consumers. It will enable existing businesses to expand. It also is important since future economic developments will likely follow emerging digital networks and highways.

The Brazos Valley Council of Governments already is installing a COGNET fiber loop that initially will link health care and public service facilities in a multi-county region. That, however, is just one small step in helping locals avail themselves of Information-Age technologies.

Enhanced economic development is a major selling point for the proposed I-14, which mostly will follow U.S. 190 through the Brazos Valley. Vehicle flow is the primary goal. Information flow should be a secondary goal to serve military communications needs as well as help our area bridge the digital divide.

KENT BRUNETTE

Robertson County Economic Development & Crossroads Reports

Hearne

Bryan should use its money for a new park on sidewalks

I agree with Rodney Rogers (Eagle, June 5) about how to spend the money for a new park. I live off of Woodville Road and there are people walking in the road, some with children and even with strollers.

If the city cares about the taxpayers, it should use the money for sidewalks.

CYNTHIA SARVER

Bryan