T-Mobile adds Ketchum, ID to its 5G network as the company announced it hit a milestone that reaches more than 7,500 U.S. cities and towns across 1.3 million square miles. That’s despite the aggrieved pleas of Blaine County anti-5G group “No 5G in 5B.”
“T-Mobile is marking another big step in its nationwide 5G rollout, officially lighting up Ketchum and the surrounding area with next-generation wireless service,” T-Mobile said in a statement.
According to the Idaho Mountain Express, more than a dozen Blaine County residents formed “No 5G in 5B” in December and submitted a petition to city governments across the county to impose a moratorium on the new technology.
Although Sun Valley city attorney Matthew Johnson conducted a legal review of T-Mobile’s proposal, he concluded the FCC’s current order limits local authority on wireless technology. “While there may be some wiggle room for limited local government regulations under the Order, there is no question that local government prohibitions on 5G are not allowed,” Johnson’s legal memo states.
T-Mobile spokesman Joel Rushing confirmed there are no small cells deployed in Ketchum. “In Ketchum specifically, our 5G signal is delivered via our existing macro sites in the area,” Rushing said.
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