City of McKinney considers installing 5G wireless network to promote future development

The city of McKinney is considering the implementation of 5G wireless technology.

The city of McKinney is considering the implementation of 5G wireless technology.

The city of McKinney is considering an upgrade to its wireless technology in certain parts of the city.

McKinney City Council began discussions on implementing fifth generation wireless technology during a work session April 22.

5G is one of the fastest wireless communication systems available, according to a presentation during the work session. It would allow for the adoption of new industries including autonomous vehicles, smart communities, higher data transfer rates and new industrial advancements.

Better wireless technology would also help the city attract future developments to the area, Gary Graham, director of engineering for the city of McKinney, said at the work session.

City staff is specifically looking to implement 5G technology along the SH 121 corridor, Graham said.

This 5G technology would be built onto a network of small cell poles, according to a presentation during the meeting. Cellular providers are anticipated to have their own 5G networks, but they will need to partner with the city to install necessary equipment in high-demand areas.

Council will consider a resolution adopting the guiding principles for 5G implementation during a May 21 meeting.

These guidelines include minimizing disruption of public and private properties, ensuring efficient use of public and private assets and maintaining consistency with the city’s comprehensive land development plan among other guiding principles.

If the resolution is approved, the city expects to begin planning for 5G implementation at the SH 121 corridor this summer, according to the presentation.

Editor's note: This article has been updated. The 5G resolution will be considered by City Council during the May 21 regular meeting. 
By Emily Davis
Emily graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in multi-platform journalism and a minor in criminal justice in Spring 2018. During her studies, Emily worked as an editor and reporter at The Houstonian, SHSU's local newspaper. Upon graduation, she began an editorial internship at Community Impact Newspaper in DFW, where she was then hired as Community Impact's first McKinney reporter in August 2018.


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