Carr’s Southern Car Trip Begins Today


FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr is hitting the road and will visit three Southern states starting today.

Will this include visits to a radio or TV station, or perhaps involve another tower climb?

Alabama is Carr’s first stop, with a visit today (4/16) to Huntsville, Alabama, where he will see a manufacturer of high bandwidth satellites used by the U.S. military. Then, he’ll tour NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and see firsthand the role that wireless communications tools play in space exploration. Following that, he’ll head to Elkmont to visit a manufacturer of harnesses and other tower climbing equipment used for wireless infrastructure deployment.

Carr will begin Wednesday with Georgia Rep. Buddy Carter at a farm in Tifton, Ga., that is using broadband for smart agriculture applications. Then, they’ll visit rural fiber deployments in Guyton and Bulloch County and meet with the crews that are splicing and deploying broadband infrastructure.

They’ll wrap up the day at a disaster response training facility in Perry, Ga., where first responders are using wireless communications in emergency operations.

Lastly, Carr will spend Thursday (4/18) in South Carolina, starting his day at Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Staff will demonstrate how telemedicine is being used, including in stroke response, remote patient monitoring, and consultative support.

Then, he’ll head to a small cell concealment facility in North Charleston, where 5G infrastructure is being manufactured. Following that, he’ll visit Aiken Technical College in Graniteville. The community college’s Tower Installation Program trains students for jobs in wireless infrastructure.

Carr will conclude his Southeast swing with a visit to a broadband deployment site in Warrenville, S.C.