An Indiana House committee has approved legislation co-authored by State Rep. Ryan Hatfield (D-Evansville) that would expand small cell technology in the state.

The House Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee passed House Bill 1050.

Small cell technology will provide more connectivity and access points for mobile devices and is capable of deploying new network enhancements such as 5G technology.

“This important legislation will provide needed infrastructure for the newest and best wireless technology, including the coming 5G network and beyond,” State Rep. Hatfield said.

The bill also provides greater access to existing infrastructure to provide efficiency in deploying the small cells.

Through the bill, Indiana would be among the first in the nation to deploy the new technology.

If House Bill 1050 passes, Evansville will be one of the first cities in the state to receive the 5G mobile network.

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(This story was originally published on January 25, 2018)