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Officials say NYC is on track to be a 5G city

The next generation of wireless service holds a lot of potential, such as helping realize a future in which remote surgery and self-driving cars are not just possible but routine. But depending on who you ask, New York City is either behind on adopting the emerging technology, or poised to become the first 5G city. What few disagree about, however, is that 5G has transformative power.

New York City Chief Technology Officer John Paul Farmer and city Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications General Counsel Michael Pastor spoke with City & State about where the city stands on 5G deployment, criticisms of their progress on 5G and bridging the digital divide. The responses have been edited for length and clarity.

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