For Immediate Release

October 19, 2018

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Sharyn T. Williams
VP, Marketing, Communications, Programs, and Events
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Small Cell Technology and its Role in Making Worcester a Smart City
Businesses and residents could benefit from expanded and updated technology for a better connected and “smarter” city.

WORCESTER, MA |  Today, the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce released its Worcester Small Cell Technology Reportto understand the benefits of Small Cell technology and its role in making Worcester a smart city.

Currently, cities across the United States are implementing Small Cell networks and planning for their future technology needs. The report, which includes a survey of Chamber member businesses, outlines the opportunity of Small Cell networks and why city government and the local business community need to expeditiously develop and implement this technology.

“If Worcester is going to fully leverage its growing innovation economy, timely and dependable Wi-Fi connectivity is critical. The implementation of this technology will facilitate this connectivity and address some issues presented because of Worcester’s hilly topography,” said Timothy P. Murray, president and CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“Additionally, there are several private sector companies anxious to work with the city to bring this minimally invasive technology to neighborhoods throughout the city. This will assist businesses and residents alike, who are both becoming increasingly reliant on dependable Wi-Fi and broadband access,” added Murray.

“Full implementation of this technology would allow Worcester to further implement a Smart City infrastructure and compete with cities like Boston and San Jose,” stated Abi McLaughlin of AJ Mayfair, LLC, author of the small cell report.

This report follows a similar document, issued by the Chamber in 2015, on fiber connectivity in Worcester. That report can be found HERE. That study suggested ways that Worcester could further facilitate the build out of broadband fiber optic cable, which is also a critical piece of the city’s communication infrastructure that allows for major data transfers.

The report will be discussed today at the Chamber’s Game Changers conference at Mechanics Hall as part of a panel titled, “Smart City, Smart Connectivity, Better Quality of Life,” at 11:00 am in the Boyden Salon.


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