Statement on 5G “Small Cell” Transmitters


In response to last week’s announcement from FCC Commissioner Brandon Carr of a new regulatory process for 5G “small cell” transmitters, Glenn Magpantay, NQAPIA executive director made the following statement:

“For society’s marginalized voices, communication is power. Communication breaks down stereotypes and replaces ignorance with truth. For queer members of the Asian Pacific Islander community—the people we at NQAPIA advocate for every day—Commissioner Carr’s announcement about accelerating deployment of new 5G wireless broadband service could mean more of us will be able to communicate more reliably and affordably.

“Full 5G wireless access can give gay, lesbian, queer and transgender people an even more effective platform to organize, lobby, and educate. Mr. Carr’s announcement today represents a reasonable compromise that accelerates 5G deployment and reduces government permit costs.

“NQAPIA supports policies like this because improving deployment of this fast new wireless Internet service can serve the interests of queer Asian and Pacific Islanders as we commune, speak out, and rise up alongside our families and in our communities.”


The National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) is a federation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Asian American, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander (API) organizations. We seek to build the organizational capacity of local LGBTQ API groups, develop leadership, promote visibility, educate our community, enhance grassroots organizing, expand collaborations, and challenge homophobia and racism.