Asphalt plant and wireless connections | Renton letters

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No asphalt plant

I’m 100% against putting an asphalt plant near the Cedar River, which sources water for so many people. That’s my zip code. I breathe that air and already have compromised lungs. Makes no sense to do this. I’ve lived at this residence for almost 20 years.

Barbara Hilliard, Renton

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Wireless connectivity

Our family-owned construction company has been rooted in one core principle since 1994 — to be remarkable through clear communication and integrity. Like most businesses, we utilize next-generation licensed wireless connectivity to better serve our customers and create their vision and transform our communities.

As technologies are developed, they allow us to enhance, create and navigate our customers’ goals, and accomplish them consistently at a high level of quality.

The past several decades, Congress has established a process to allocate spectrum, the invisible radio waves that connect different devices and platforms, for commercial use. This means we can use our mobile devices for a plethora of emerging mobile applications such as video calling, online banking, GPS navigation, and accessing documents and blueprint renderings.

However, currently this authority is halted, and no new spectrum is being allocated for next generation technology use, ensuring unserved and underserved areas have access to this powerful means of digital connectivity. We heavily rely on access to next generation telecommunication services to locate job sites, communicate with all of our teams, and access all of the information we need to create our high-quality, custom homes.

Swift action by Congress will ensure the stability of our nation’s wireless connectivity while also enabling family-owned businesses like ours to benefit from a major economic shot in the arm.

Congress should not delay but work together in a bipartisan fashion to restore the FCC’s spectrum authority and create a pipeline of new licensed spectrum crucial to wireless innovation and Washington’s economy.

Jason Jarman, Renton