Jonathan Adelstein, CEO and President of PCIA – The Wireless Infrastructure Association, delivered a keynote address at the Illinois State Wireless Association’s annual Education Luncheon today in suburban Chicago, stressing the important role wireless infrastructure plays in improving mobility for health care, education, public safety, agriculture, smart cities, and a host of other consumer and business products and services. PCIA is currently working in states throughout the country to improve the regulatory environment for the wireless infrastructure industry.
“Today’s wireless infrastructure provides the foundation upon which the wireless industry will deliver the Internet of Things, 5G, and the applications, services, and jobs that will fuel the U.S. economy for years to come,” Adelstein told the audience, which included representatives from major wireless infrastructure and tower companies, engineering firms, wireless providers and equipment manufacturers.
The Illinois State Wireless Association (ILSWA) is a nonprofit professional association with the purpose of developing a local identity for the wireless industry within Illinois and local communities to voice a unified message toward local issues and responsibilities.
Marc Steinbach, President of the Illinois State Wireless Association and Director of DAS Services for Schaumburg, Ill.-based Fullerton Engineering Consultants, said: “There is no question that smart devices have changed everything — the way we work, the way we play, socialize, experience and share every moment of our lives. As a result, it has never been more difficult for the carriers and their vendors to keep up with the wireless consumption demands from the consumer. That is why the work that Mr. Adelstein and the other members of PCIA do is so important. Properly educating government officials at the highest level and advocating for sound federal and state policies is essential to our success of deploying better, faster ubiquitous networks.”
The Illinois State Wireless Association, in addition to providing general awareness of the wireless industry, educating customers and public officials about the wireless industry and the critical role it plays in Illinois, cultivates and fosters relationships among the members of the wireless industry and conducts fundraising for several charitable organizations.
“The wireless industry is confronting issues such as regulatory obstacles, a growing need for skilled labor and the complex development of the macro network and small cells to meet customer demands with limited capital budgets,” Adelstein said. “My job is to keep pushing the ball forward to make sure the wireless industry and the government continue to work together so wireless technology can reach its full potential in promoting jobs and U.S. economic growth.”