The Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee, which I serve as chairman of, will have a special meeting tomorrow focusing on how the state can encourage further development of wireless technology. The meeting will feature testimony from Steve Largent, a former Oklahoma congressman and Seattle Seahawk who is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
One of my goals coming into the 2013 session was to do what we can to foster growth in our state’s telecommunications industry. I want to know how we make Washington the first ‘5G state’ in the nation. That’s what we’ll be focusing on Wednesday, and I’m glad to have such esteemed panelists providing us with solutions.
In addition to Largent, who will be testifying in his capacity as president and chief executive officer of CTIA-The Wireless Association, the hearing will also feature Jim Blundell, senior manager at T-Mobile. The committee will meet at 8 a.m. in Senate Hearing Room 4 on the Capitol campus and the hearing will be broadcast live on www.tvw.org.
- Who: Senate Energy, Environment & Telecommunications Committee
- What: Work session on current status of wireless industry and incentives for broadband deployment
- When: Wednesday, April 24 at 8 a.m.
- Where: Senate Hearing Room 4 of the John A. Cherberg Building