Rep. Gaetz Hosted Tech Summit Roundtable on 5G Technology at Institute for Human and Machine Cognition

June 18, 2018
Press Release

PENSACOLA, FL – On Monday, June 18, 2018, Congressman Matt Gaetz hosted a roundtable discussion with several industries in the field of technology, government and community leaders to cultivate ideas for Pensacola to become a "smart city" serving as a hub for 5G Beta testing.  This venture is the beginning in a series of discussions to kickstart Northwest Florida's evolution to emerge as a leader in 5G technology.  The Tech Summit took place at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC).

Enhanced 5G capabilities will allow communities to improve services in the areas of healthcare, energy, transportation, law enforcement, E-commerce, education and more.  Florida currently ranks third in the nation in the race to 5G.  Many of Florida's major metropolitan areas are estimated to produce thousands of jobs and generate millions of dollars in GDP growth.

"I am glad to see our local businesses and community leaders working in cohesion with local government on a venture that will improve the quality of life for every Northwest Floridian.  It is my hope that Pensacola can be the leader in 5G technology and serve as a model for cities throughout the country and the world," Rep. Gaetz said.  

At the 5G Tech Summit, representatives from Cox Communications and AT&T gave presentations on the benefits of 5G technology and its potential impact on communities. Other companies and community representatives at the event include: IHMC, App River, ITEN Wired, MediaCom, Innovation Coast, Pensacola Socialdesk, University of West Florida, Co:Lab Pensacola, FloridaWest, Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Power, Escambia County School District, Collier Merrill, Escambia County Administrator, Jack Brown and Pensacola City Administrator, Eric Olson.