Forum News Service: Will some areas be left behind when 5G arrives in region?

EXCERPT: “Justin Forde believes the viability of wireless broadband service for sparsely populated rural areas is visible from the top of the Farmers Cooperative Elevator that towers over this Red River Valley farming community. On a recent hazy June afternoon, standing on top of the 190-foot tall grain elevator, Forde showed visitors the gadgetry that enables rural customers up to 8.8 miles away to receive broadband wireless serves with download speeds of 100 megabits per second. That’s fast enough to allow customers to stream movies at high, 4K resolution or enable multiplayer gaming on three to five devices at the same time. ‘This is next-generation technology,’ said Forde, senior director of governmental relations for Midco. ‘High speed.’ The telecommunications world is racing to deploy the next generation of wireless technology, called 5G, shorthand for fifth generation. The service is now available in some major cities, including Minneapolis.” FULLSTORY: